Why Republicans And Democrats Are So Different…

…is pretty perfectly defined by the flap over North Carolina Bev Perdue’s comment about “suspending elections” for two years.

“I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them – whatever decisions they make – to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that,” Perdue said.

“You want people who don’t worry about the next election,” she continued.

Of course it was hyperbole.

The dumb part?  That a bunch of politicians, relieved of the pressure of having to justify their political existences to voters, would “solve” anything.


13 thoughts on “Why Republicans And Democrats Are So Different…

  1. That a bunch of politicians, relieved of the pressure of having to justify their political existences to voters, would “solve” anything.

    Aw, that’s not fair, Mitch. Think of the Met Council — they never have to justify their existence to the voters and their record of accomplishments is. . . . well, okay, mebbe you have a point.

  2. the obvious next step and Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte come to mind – he was Senator for Life

    Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it?
    We could have Senators for Life (Shumer, Reid, etc) and
    Representatives for Life(Pelosi, Frank, Ellison, etc)

    Oh and President for Life – that has a handsome sound!

  3. Imagine if you will that this statement came out of the mouth of an elected GOP official. Can’t do it, can you? This is because it is doubtful that any true conservative would be stupid enough to utter such a moronic rant, at least in public!

  4. We have the next best thing to an election free body. The Senate. Six years between elections, plenty of time for a somnolent voting public to forget past trangressions, real or imagined, and simply pull the lever for “Sure, why not keep ’em?”

    And with that buffer from public emotions, boy, the Senate is sure a hotbed of action and solutions. Jefferson’s cooling saucer and all that.

  5. Terry, that is a big No Duh! The interests of the government is expanding the interests of the government. We the people provide a convenient excuse.

  6. Jeff, good point.

    I remember when I was in the service. It seemed that dipshits, malcontents and malingerers always seemed to get the promotions. The prevailing theory amongst the amazed and/or chagrined witnesses to this phenomenon was that the approving authority said to themselves “Oh, I’ve heard this guy’s name mentioned many times. He must be doing good things.” Then, without verifying their perception, they approved the promotion.

  7. It’s amazing that the freedom loving folks on the left always look to authoritarian means whenever the people don’t vote the way they want. How many times has “local son” Tom Friedman wished Obama could – like China’s rulers – order something be done and it just was?
    You want these people to stop worrying about the next election? I don’t – do away with their pensions, don’t allow them to build campaign war chests which can be conveniently converted to personal wealth or monuments to themselves with money grafted, er gifted from the companies they regulate and impose the InstaPundit rule of a surcharge on their potential post political employment wages significant enough to make an employer think twice about hiring ex-Senators, Representatives and Staffers. These people need to learn that laws they impose on us and exempt themselves from have real consequence when they leave the beltway.

  8. We the people provide a convenient excuse

    Nope. We the people provide the funds so they keep expanding.

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