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I did not state nor do not make the assumption that Senators have principles over and above seeking power and seeking to maintain power.

"Avowed" principles are what they say. Whether their avowed principles are in line with any deeply held personal convictions ~ well, I do not believe that we have any reliable means to determine what they actually believe, and a term which cannot be identified with an empirical observable is pragmatically irrelevant to the issue at hand.

The language of "cowardice" only assumes that they believe that they face greater risks of being punished from moving from center right positions to centrist positions than they do in moving from center right positions to further right positions. Or, in rare cases, greater risks of being punished from moving from centrist to center-left positions than they do in moving from centrist to center right positions.

Of course, under universal LOTE voting by the left, that belief is warranted so long as there the rival party of government is always even further right than they are.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sun Nov 20th, 2011 at 02:49:28 PM EST
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