We might as well fill out the cabinet now.
And then WE can control the Senate!
One of the reasons why there is a Democratic majority in the Senate is that Senators are elected at-large from each of their states, and thus the Senate is immune to gerrymandering. That is one of the reasons why you will occasionally hear R's state they want to repeal the Constitutional Amendment which established direct election of Senators, and go back to having Senators elected by the respective state legislatures.
Should the Senate Republicans continue to obstruct to the degree they have so far, then in the absence of filibuster reform, they have to own their obstruction, and answer to their at-large state electorates. With filibuster reform, their obstruction is blunted, but so are the electoral consequences of obstructing popular legislation.
Which Senate seats are up for election in 2012?
Put another way, which R senators need to have a sign saying "obstructionist" hung around their necks as the next two years proceed?
At present, it looks like this:
Alabama Jeff Sessions Republican Running
Alaska Mark Begich Democratic Running
Arkansas Mark Pryor Democratic Running
Colorado Mark Udall Democratic Running
Delaware Chris Coons Democratic Running
Georgia Saxby Chambliss Republican Retiring
Hawaii Brian Schatz Democratic Running
Idaho Jim Risch Republican Running
Illinois Richard Durbin Democratic Undecided
Iowa Tom Harkin Democratic Undecided
Kansas Pat Roberts Republican Running
Kentucky Mitch McConnell Republican Running
Louisiana Mary Landrieu Democratic Running
Maine Susan Collins Republican Running
Massachusetts (John Kerry) Democratic
Michigan Carl Levin Democratic Undecided
Minnesota Al Franken Democratic Running
Mississippi Thad Cochran Republican Undecided
Montana Max Baucus Democratic Running
Nebraska Mike Johanns Republican Running
New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen Democratic Running
New Jersey Frank Lautenberg Democratic Undecided
New Mexico Tom Udall Democratic Running
North Carolina Kay Hagan Democratic Running
Oklahoma Jim Inhofe Republican Running
Oregon Jeff Merkley Democratic Running
Rhode Island Jack Reed Democratic Running
South Carolina Lindsey Graham Republican Running
South Carolina Tim Scott Republican Running
South Dakota Tim Johnson Democratic Undecided
Tennessee Lamar Alexander Republican Running
Texas John Cornyn Republican Running
Virginia Mark Warner Democratic Running
West Virginia Jay Rockefeller Democratic Retiring
Wyoming Mike Enzi Republican Running
I note that McTurtle is up in 2014. Is it better, for him, to have been perceived as having continued to make deals with Harry Reid under which Republican ability to obstruct is marginally weakened, or to have something imposed upon him?
Or did someone start one already?
Just as a thought experiment inspired by a comment in another thread, I'd like to get a sense of what people think about form, function and psychology.
This is a 1973 Dodge Dart:
This is also a 1973 Dodge Dart:
They are the SAME car, with just some differences in styling and and a few parts. Each is capable of exceeding the speed limit or causing general carnage.
If I give you ten million teenagers, and I ask you to give 5 million of them the first car, and 5 million of them the other car, at let them drive around for a year, then at the end of that year, would you expect:
Jeez... Does it dial 911?
Who needs this game when Craigslist is free?
He made passing reference to "the criminal class".
I had no idea criminals constituted a "class". Bernie Madoff and my local convicted crack dealer were Facebook friends?
Seoul - Popular Korean rapper PSY was arrested today at his home after US Army signal intelligence discovered that his trademark "Gangnam Style" dance can be used to disarm mine detonators and cross the de-militarized zone, or DMZ, which separates North and South Korea. The two Koreas are still technically at war, having never reached an agreement to end it, and an uneasy ceasefire is kept by a two mile wide zone, filled with landmines, and backed up by 38,000 US troops.
In recent years, the DMZ has seen a resurgence of wildlife due to its status as a literal "no man's land". This caused problems with the defensive minefields, as resurgent herds deer and other animals would often trigger explosions. So researchers at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland developed a seismic trigger for the mines which seismically identify vehicular and human foot traffic, to reduce Monty Pythonesque carnage in the DMZ.
Enter PSY and the Gangnam Dance
An off-duty platoon stationed at Panmunjon decided to make a YouTube parody of the Psy viral video, as has been done by many military units and service academies. A mixup in choreography led to them hopping, side stepping, and cantering about a quarter of the way into the DMZ before they realized the mistake. But it inadvertently led to discovery of what some believe is a hack.
A spokesman for the Korean Defense Ministry said, "At this point we just want to clear up whether this is just an odd coincidence," although privately some US and Korean officials have suggested analysis of the mine system and the dance show that only the specific Gangnam dance sequence is capable of crossing the DMZ. "If you think about it," said one source with knowledge of the investigation, "the only way you could communicate this technique to the media-deprived troops to the North would be to embed it in a massive worldwide media saturation phenomenon." The investigation is expected to learn from Psy just how he came up with the dance, and whether others may have suggested it to him in what may have been an open "Psy-op".
People who fall in water do.
Why do I have to put a fence around my pool?
Update: Oh good lord... CSPAN has her as background video at about 1:04:20 and on here....
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