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Sure, both parties steal your vote, but now the Ds are talking about suspending elections

Gov. Beverly Perdue (D-NC) floats a trial balloon:

"I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recove. You want people who don't worry about the next election."

Right. We need "a government of national unity" to deal with the "current crisis." And if there is no crisis sufficiently crisis-y or current, one can certainly be manufactured.

Could there be a clearer indication that both parties hold democracy in equal contempt?

NOTE Perdue walks it back. Just kidding. C'mon. We're not stupid. Trial balloons are always popped, until they aren't. See the comments for the elite zeitgeist, which increasingly regards such democracy as we have as a problem. That said, elections are far more likely to be stolen, as in FL 2000, OH 2004, and the TX D 2008 caucuses, than the entire system abolished. Less fuss, more circus. Also, too, billions in bribes laundered through "campaign contributions," and the rent for Big Media.


Submitted by jawbone on

Perdue's office said the governor wasn't making a serious proposal.

"Come on," her spokeswoman Chris Mackey said in a widely-reported statement. "Gov. Perdue was obviously using hyperbole to highlight what we can all agree is a serious problem: Washington politicians who focus on their own election instead of what's best for the people they serve."

Now suspending elections to kick them all out and start over... that I might understand and get behind. But let the crew there now stay without facing voters?

Hell, no!

(There's a recording of her comments at the link).

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Submitted by DCblogger on

somehow I thought that this was the GOP Gov of SC, not the Dem in NC. Clearly they are in melt down. Clearly this she is acting as a surrogate floating a trial balloon. They really are in melt down.

very dangerous times for our country.

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Submitted by wafranklin on

She was being sarcastic, ironic, something totally lost on this crew and the frigging rightwing.

Submitted by lambert on

And I thought it was on this thread, but it isn't. The name I recall who thought an excess of democracy was a problem were Peter Orzag (and if he wasn't writing in TNR, them too). And the Times thought that's what the occupiers in Europe were rejecting: Democracy.

So it's in the air. This is what happens with trial balloons. They get popped. Until they don't.