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  •  Very interesting. (11+ / 0-)

    I don't think that I've read anything discussing this issue for at least a decade, though there have doubtlessly been some articles or discussions since then.

    There are many reasons why it will never happen but none involve better government.  The increase would diminish the status and power of the current membership and threaten overturning much of the established internal traditionals and procedures.  It would also likely result in more independent members and possibly give rise to third parties which neither Ds nor Rs want.  Also, depending on the outcome, it might require some really serious, honest, and passionate debate and even necessitate giving more attention to constituents.  And of course simply the space to luxuriously accomodate so many

    One pleasant prospect would be the hell it would cause lobbyists trying to keep everything under control, the scripting fuck-ups and political mis-speakings, and so forth.  And in many states gerrymandering with the numbers would make today's work child's play.

    “April is the cruellest month, breeding/ Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing/ Memory and desire, stirring/ Dull roots with spring rain." T.S. Eliot

    by blueoasis on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 08:39:21 AM PDT

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