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A great speech by a fired-up WI State Rep


Submitted by lambert on

... is still controlling. The obvious agenda here by the Ds is to get back in the game by halting the ratchet effect where it is. But that's their role in life:

The electoral ratchet permits movement only in the rightward direction. The Republican role is fairly clear; the Republicans apply the torque that rotates the thing rightward.

The Democrats' role is a little less obvious. The Democrats are the pawl. They don't resist the rightward movement -- they let it happen -- but whenever the rightward force slackens momentarily, for whatever reason, the Democrats click into place and keep the machine from rotating back to the left.

What we're seeing play out is not a move to the left, but the pawl clicking into place to normalize R gains.