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  • #16
    Originally posted by Whateverman View Post

    Why do you think a Senator is more beholden to their party than their constituents (aka. voters)?

    I'm honestly surprised that anyone wouldn't put party at the last of both lists...
    As I said, voter whims come and go, and a two-year-term Representative is supposed to react to those whims.

    A Senator, OTOH, is looking primarily at the long-range benefits of his/her state. And to satisfy those goals it is best to work in conjunction with his/her party. Being a maverick and legislating based on voter polls isn't going to get them anywhere.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Whateverman View Post

      Why do you think a Senator is more beholden to their party than their constituents (aka. voters)?

      I'm honestly surprised that anyone wouldn't put party at the last of both lists...
      "Party" is a bit of a double count though. You generally expect your party IS what's good for the <x>, so I don't think I would include party as by default they answer yes to all of the above.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Whateverman View Post

        Why do you think a Senator is more beholden to their party than their constituents (aka. voters)?

        I'm honestly surprised that anyone wouldn't put party at the last of both lists...
        You might try asking a Brit what they think about party over constituent. I believe their answers would be more surprising.

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