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Democracy denied to DC residents. Again.

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Over at MotherJones, catch the imaginary interview between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a space alien, in which McConnell explains why he led Republicans in a filibuster denying Congressional representation to the half-million residents of the nation’s capital city:

A cloture vote in the Senate just moments ago on whether or not D.C. residents will get congressional representation ended up with 57 Ayes and 42 Nos, meaning Democrats and moderate Republicans weren’t able to find the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster organized by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. The citizens of DC will go without representation in Congress for another year, possibly two. For background, see my piece that published yesterday.

Neoconservatism has begged us to pitch democracy to the whole world, “by force where necessary.” D.C. voters, alas, are mainly Democrats. So neocon politicians dismantle nations, but deny representation to the powerless in the Capitol’s shadows.

I doubt that Democrats are any less self-serving. But I wonder if either party would dare such flagrant hypocrisy if it knew it would face consequences at the ballot-box.


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Written by Monte

September 18, 2007 at 11:50 pm

Posted in Politics

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