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On easy outrage, and state party platforms - Mark Atwood — LiveJournal
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On easy outrage, and state party platforms
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fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: June 22nd, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find the entire party game utterly assinine. And the game of "easy outrage" to be stupid, idiotic, and disgusting. It's easy to attack stupid stuff in the other guy's platform, and it's hard work to actually clean your own house.

One of my rare pieces of hope re politics is that survey data shows that Americans, especially ones not in the upper quartile of income, are more and more likely to declare "independent" and to split tickets than they ever have in the past.
moechus From: moechus Date: June 23rd, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is hard to clean one's own house. The fact that the other side can use it against you is the only incentive to do so.

More importantly, parties and party affiliations do matter. For example, Olympia Snowe is a moderate and reasonable person and poles apart from Jim Inhofe on, among other things, environmental issues. But if the Republicans regain the Senate, she will vote for Mitch McConnell as majority leader and to replace Barbara Boxer with Jim Inhofe as chairman of the environment committee. Lots of key committee staff jobs will go to global-warming-denial fanatics, etc. A vote for Olympia Snowe is also, potentially, a vote for Jim Inhofe as chairman of the Senate environment committee.

The same thing applies at the state level to state legislatures. There may be Olympia Snowe equivalents running as Republicans in Texas but a vote for them in the general election (as opposed to the primary) will inevitably strengthen the position of those who share the views expressed in the Republican platform.
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