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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


I'm not politically smart enough to really discuss this...

But I have long wondered about this thing we do in making public how our senators and representatives vote. On the one hand, it keeps them accountable - and we have a right to know how the people who are representing us are voting. On the other hand, I worry it makes them worry much more about how their vote will be perceived than really voting how they think they should.

Charles Schumer said today that if the Senate were to vote anonymously today, all 100 would likely have voted "no confidence" votes against Alberto Gonzalez. Instead, the jerkwad is safe.

If the funding for the war votes were anonymous - would that have passed? Is it really in our best interest to make our representatives so worried about public perceptions?


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