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End Partisan Primaries, Save America
New York Times, by Charles E. Schumer

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Posted By:JoniTx, 7/22/2014 10:21:11 AM

WASHINGTON —Polarization and partisanship are a plague on American politics. Political scientists have found that the two parties have each grown more ideologically homogeneous since the 1970s. The Senate hasn’t been so polarized since Reconstruction; the House has not been so divided since around 1900. As measured by laws passed, the current Congress is on track to be among the least productive in our republic’s history. How did this happen? One of the main causes has not gotten enough attention: the party primary system. The reasons behind the shocking primary defeat last month of Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, who

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 7/22/2014 10:24:16 AM     (No. 9935155)

Doncha just wish, Senator!

Moron.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jinx, 7/22/2014 10:24:22 AM     (No. 9935157)

Hey, Chuckie, you should talk. You are right there in the middle of it. You are one of the most partisan politicians in DC.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: eoddad, 7/22/2014 10:24:29 AM     (No. 9935158)

Chuckie why don´t you call for an immediate dictatorship and police state. Thats where you want to take us anyway.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pursuitoftruth, 7/22/2014 10:29:10 AM     (No. 9935171)

Trying hard to save the left. Forget about it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Carolina Kat, 7/22/2014 10:30:37 AM     (No. 9935175)

Chuck wants more Mississippi´s and Cochrans…. and to think this jerk could be the next Minority Leader in the Senate...

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers, 7/22/2014 10:36:11 AM     (No. 9935189)

Upchuck E. Schumer is a wily politician who feeds on the ignorance and venality of New York.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: thethirdruffian, 7/22/2014 10:36:39 AM     (No. 9935190)

Translation: the conservatives are slowly taking over the Republican party and will eventually un-do all the Communist tripe Chuckie and his fellow statist have installed to enslave Americans.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 7/22/2014 10:40:31 AM     (No. 9935198)

Schumer is a man caused disaster and a huge carbon emitter all on his own. He needs to be eliminated in name of humanity.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: califedup, 7/22/2014 10:40:41 AM     (No. 9935199)

What a disgusting, twisted, evil pathetic excuse for human. How about we ban communists like Schumer from being allowed to run for any office in this country much less as a United States Senator. Traitor!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Breccia, 7/22/2014 10:50:34 AM     (No. 9935218)

The D-rat internal polls must be showing some really terrible numbers or Up Chuckie wouldn´t be trying the ol´ "can´t we all get along" tactic.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bpl40, 7/22/2014 10:57:07 AM     (No. 9935236)

When someone like Chucky Schumer says "Save America", that too in the NYT, what is the first thought that come to mind? Exactly!
The reason for this hyper partisanship dear Senator is because the Left´s shenanigans to secure by alternate means what the people would not grant through the ballot box are being exposed with every passing day. Your Dear Reader has done exemplary national work in bringing this about through his brazen, lawless overreach.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: farmwife, 7/22/2014 11:11:30 AM     (No. 9935260)

Rule of thumb--if Chuck Schumer is for it, I´m against it! Oh, there I go again, being partisan.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Clinger, 7/22/2014 11:14:14 AM     (No. 9935270)

Another mindless article trying to make a point based on an undefined scale of left v right. Centrists and moderates have been driven out not because of a change in their views but by a recalibration of the scale. They stayed put but now are defined as far right because the scale moved profoundly to the left.

The left define the scale based on themselves at any point in time not on fixed values and a long term historical perspective.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: shalimar, 7/22/2014 11:20:17 AM     (No. 9935290)

The reasons behind the shocking primary defeat last month of Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, who was then leader of the Republican majority in the House, are still being debated, but there is no doubt that his defeat highlighted the pernicious effects of the predominant “winner-take-all” party primary system.

We have open primaries in Virginia (and no party registration). Cantor still lost, and in my view, his horrible campaign--not the system--was the reason.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bighambone, 7/22/2014 11:26:16 AM     (No. 9935308)

Here we have a highly partisan pot calling the kettle black.

The way to go is to close all primaries to people other then members of the political party involved.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: FormerDem, 7/22/2014 11:44:33 AM     (No. 9935338)

if Schumer wants to strike a blow against partisanship he could moderate his own language. he wants in on the GOP primaries? go away@!!!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Citizen Plain, 7/22/2014 11:47:51 AM     (No. 9935344)

NY lemming calling others to the cliff....

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Reply 18 - Posted by: civilservant, 7/22/2014 11:51:16 AM     (No. 9935351)

While the absolute cause of the crash was the Carter enactment of the CRA, and the Clinton ´upgrade´ of that law, Chuck Schumer(ptoo, ptoo I spit on you) is the author of the straw that broke open that camel´s back.
He wrote the infamous´IndyMac´ solvency letter that started the entire economy crashing.
He should be tried for economic treason and the full penalty applied.
Anti-American POS is what he is, nothing less.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 7/22/2014 11:55:12 AM     (No. 9935357)

You can always tell when the Dems are having a bad year - they want to change all the rules! Expect a deafening clamor to throw out the electoral college as 2016 approaches.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: RedWhiteBlue, 7/22/2014 12:00:38 PM     (No. 9935367)

Democrat politicians = PARTISANS AND RACISTS! PERIOD! I got that from our Dear Useless Leadless!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: rochow, 7/22/2014 12:07:27 PM     (No. 9935382)

Schumer, you are a bum who never held an honest job in your life. Sit down and shut up!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: The Architect, 7/22/2014 12:11:29 PM     (No. 9935395)

I´ve always said that open primaries are a very bad idea. Thats how we got McCain. Thousands of Dems voted for him in the Republican primaries. In effect the Dems picked the candidate they thought was easiest to beat.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: paral04, 7/22/2014 12:29:40 PM     (No. 9935416)

We aren´t passing laws, of which we have enough already and don´t need any more, is because of Harry Reid and his merry band of thugs which include you, Cuck Schumer.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 7/22/2014 12:30:18 PM     (No. 9935418)

FTA: ´´As measured by laws passed, the current Congress is on track to be among the least productive in our republic’s history.´´

Leave it to a power-mad communist to think that the citizens are all waiting for these clowns to pass MORE LAWS to take away our rights and our country. The Rats are INSANE!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Hammock, 7/22/2014 2:08:33 PM     (No. 9935528)

This is a "twofer" - 1) the ability of a majority party to pick its opponent, and 2) the elimination of all possible third party candidates.

For the final statewide elections in California now, for example, only two candidates will appear. This eliminates a big part of third-party visibility.

Now that the democrat party has almost achieved nationally the kind of dominance of which they have dreamed (like that in Mexico, for example), this will kill any third-party challenge. I think this is the main motivation for this type of legislation.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/22/2014 3:39:26 PM     (No. 9935673)

Sorry, unable to read the article. Each time the attempt was made the writer´s smirky face appeared foremost in my vision.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 7/23/2014 3:06:42 AM     (No. 9936269)

Then stop opposing and obstructing the Tea Party Up-Chuck. A moderate is a person without principles who takes whichever non-position requires the least amount of integrity. Freedom requires that totalitarian socialism be destroyed by any means necessary. Compromise is a word used by losers. Bi-partisan means you´re getting stabbed in the back with two knives - one in Schumer´s hand, the other in McCain´s hand.

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