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Response to Jeff In Milwaukee (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 26, 2012, 11:57 PM

20. Well, did we cut the same kind of slack for ...

senators protecting other types of industries in their states in the past? Say, Mary Landrieu protecting the oil industry in Louisiana or Joe Lieberman protecting the insurance industry in Connecticut? For the most part, we didn't.

I understand that senators from MA and MN feel they have to "protect" the medical device industries in their state--though I'm not sure what they're protecting this very wealthy business enterprise from. A 2.3% surcharge is not exactly onerous.

What we have here is an object lesson in the difference between being a progressive darling and being a senator: Elizabeth and Al and Amy are, in many ways, no different from any other politicians. And this is why we shouldn't build them up into saints: they'll break your heart if you do.

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