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Nov 06, 2012

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Dan

I think that the GOP's rather tight embrace of specific religious doctrines has created a severe deterrent for the non-religious... or even those that are religious along a strain differing from that of what is dominating the GOP platform from the party, especially given the GOP's tendency to tightly control their member vs. the Democrats general inability to corral their members in critical issues. It may be a bit of a stretch, but potentially logical, to say that people, non-religious, 'soft religious', and differently religious, feel like they would chafe under the strict discipline that the GOP exercises over their membership.

Michael W. Kruse

Will Rogers once said, "I don't belong to an organized political party. I'm a Democrat." :-)

I'm not as a convinced as you are that the Democrats are less controlling there members. Pelosi has done a pretty good job. I heard Evan Bayh interviewed recently and he said one of things he found most distasteful as a moderate was the weekly meetings where the Dem caucus rounded up the troops and pounded into them about complete unanimity. I think controlling polarization is the order of the day all the way around.

Dan

Well, at the same time, at least voting history has shown, that Democratic members of House and Senate frequently join the GOP when it boils down to what individual members vote on when the law comes to a vote. Even, at times, joining the GOP on filibusters as well. Moreover, both parties have requirement for their members to pay a membership fee, but the Democratic party has a far poorer compliance from their members than the GOP does (referring to: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/01/us/politics/01dues.html?pagewanted=all)

I would contend, alternatively, that the Democratic caucus has started to take more strong-arm tactics because they fail to hold unanimity at critical moments.

Michael W. Kruse

Good points!

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