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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Creeping Meachamism

As soon as I read this headline, I was going to offer a rebuttal, but TPM pretty much took care of the big points.

I would add that both Lincoln and FDR enjoyed legislative majorities.  Lincoln was somewhat hampered in 1861 by the lack of Congress being in session, so he resorted to some extra-legal means to cement Maryland to the Union.

Given the way the House functions (or doesn't function) that seems roughly analogous.

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