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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Senate new math

I know that math has changed a lot since I was in school, but can someone please explain to me how a Globe headline writer comes to the conclusion that a 21-vote victory margin is "shaky support."

There will be a lot more horse trading and promises made to senators looking to trade their votes (and when I went to school, wasn't that called extortion or bribery?)

Under the Senate's arcane, anti-democratic rules (note the small "d") a minority can hold up the will of the majority by bickering, dickering, bargaining or just plain old party line obstinacy. To put a value judgment on political horsetrading isn't good journalism.

And I won't even begin to get into judging what kind of way it is to run a government.

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