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Wed Feb 5, 2014, 06:36 AM

Broken Democracy: Republicans poised to take Senate, Americans Reject their Platform

http://www.juancole.com/2014/02/democracy-republicans-americans.html

Broken Democracy: Republicans poised to take Senate, Americans Reject their Platform
By Juan Cole | Feb. 5, 2014

A lot of political analysts think it is entirely possible that the Republicans will take the senate next November. This development won’t change much, in all likelihood, if it does occur. The Republican majority in the House of Representatives can already block most legislation, and in 2013 it dedicated itself the the proposition that the country must be punished for re-electing Barack Obama, by being denied virtually any new needed legislation at all. The Republicans won’t have a two-thirds majority in the Senate, and so won’t be able to over-rule an Obama veto.

What is odd, and damning of the current American political system, is that the Republican Party’s major platform positions are roundly rejected by the American people. That is, they are ideologically a minority party. And yet they manage to win elections.

The Republican Party stands against gay marriage. But some 55% of Americans have begun saying they support it.

The Republican Party wants to overturn Roe v. Wade and outlaw abortion. But a majority of Americans say they support abortion in some or all cases, and only about a fourth want to forbid it altogether.

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unhappycamper Feb 2014 OP
Laelth Feb 2014 #1
daleanime Feb 2014 #2
newfie11 Feb 2014 #3
DebJ Feb 2014 #4

Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Wed Feb 5, 2014, 06:45 AM

1. This is important.

And it's not new. Americans regularly express a preference for liberal policy, yet they often elect Republicans, regardless. The Democratic party needs to figure out why this has been happening for so many years.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 5, 2014, 06:51 AM

2. +1

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Wed Feb 5, 2014, 06:52 AM

3. If they keep the house and take the senate this country's in big trouble

And so is the rest of the world. God help us!

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Wed Feb 5, 2014, 07:08 AM

4. Get out the women's vote and this won't happen.

Referencing Virginia's turnaround.

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