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Thu Nov 15, 2018, 02:44 PM

4. If wise colleagues feels she's the BEST, that's enough for me.

You're wise enough for me also, Rufus Dog.

As for ideology, let's remember how the Democratic caucus works. This one will be made up of over 230 members divided into dozens of committees and subcommittees, each under committee leadership, and their various ideologies will have a huge effect on the legislation written.

Republicans top leadership has far stronger control, always has had. The Republican caucuses have always been much more authoritarian and hierarchical, with leadership concentrated at the top and the rest of the caucuses supporting, often signing legislation written by the people at the top without being allowed to read it.

To put it mildly, that's not how Democrats roll.

Btw, here's an analysis of house leader ideology for the 114th congress put together by a political science professor in Florida. I've seen similar in articles and such, so it should be good enough to get a general idea. You of course want more than they tried to/could get passed since 2010, but at least it shows the stories that they are not strongly progressive are all tall tales.

ALL Democratic leaders were almost as far to the left of 0 as Republicans were to the right, with a vast ideological gulf between. Many of us probably can compare these Republicans to those before and after Reagan and realize today's are really hard core in comparison.

John Lewis was evaluated as our most liberal at -0.59, Steny Hoyer the "least" liberal at -0.38, and Nancy in the middle at -0.49. Paul Ryan scored +0.56, and we know him to be a conservative-libertarian extremist compared to what Republicans once were.

http://www.carlislerainey.com/teaching/pols-209/files/leadership-extremity.pdf

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