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Old June 19th, 2014, 02:01 PM   #1
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Trust in Institutions -Or Mostly Lack of Trust

A few surprises there for me. Mostly worse than I thought.

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That seems about right to me.
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If there is 7% for the Congress why do same people get reelected?

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To answer you seriously, it is the personification of the adage that all politics is local. While 93% of the populace (confidence interval and standard deviation not stated) may disapprove of the Congress as a whole, most of those folks are just fine with their OWN elected representatives. All of those other fellows are scoundrels and rogues but we elected a better sort of candidate is the mentality in play.

Even the Tea Party threatening the GOP with primaries if it steps out of line hasn't materially altered the advantage an incumbent has always enjoyed. But, as with Eric Cantor, it has lead to some interesting losses for the GOP. I often wonder if the Tea Party understands the importance of seniority in the Congress. Dumping a senior Congressman for a freshman is just a bad trade. And look at the races they lost that the incumbent probably would have won had he not lost in the primary.
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To answer you seriously, it is the personification of the adage that all politics is local. While 93% of the populace (confidence interval and standard deviation not stated) may disapprove of the Congress as a whole, most of those folks are just fine with their OWN elected representatives. All of those other fellows are scoundrels and rogues but we elected a better sort of candidate is the mentality in play.

Even the Tea Party threatening the GOP with primaries if it steps out of line hasn't materially altered the advantage an incumbent has always enjoyed. But, as with Eric Cantor, it has lead to some interesting losses for the GOP. I often wonder if the Tea Party understands the importance of seniority in the Congress. Dumping a senior Congressman for a freshman is just a bad trade. And look at the races they lost that the incumbent probably would have won had he not lost in the primary.
I have to disagree on this. Dumping Cantor was a fine idea.
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I have to disagree on this. Dumping Cantor was a fine idea.
I'm sorry if I gave the impression I was saying that Cantor's loss was a bad thing. I totally agree with you. But, Cantor's loss was the product of the Tea Party "primarying" him only because his constituents were not terribly happy with him in the first place. If he had been well like in his district the challenge would have failed...just as it has in so many other cases, sometimes embarrassingly.
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