American democracy’s Senate problem, explained
December 23, 20198 min read, 1530 words

American democracy’s Senate problem, explainedAmerican democracy’s Senate problem, explained

Matthew Yglesias
Published: December 23, 2019  |  8 min read, 1530 words
A huge — and growing — source of bias in the political system.Democrats have a Senate problem, and not just in the sense that Republicans currently hold the majority or that the prospect of that changing in 2020 is relatively slim. The problem is that the odds of ever changing it...
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Straw Man
December 23, 2019
Author builds straw man argument to support claim that the Senate is antiquated. Ignores facts about its purpose and why it was created. Claims its "racist" because it's mostly white.
December 23, 2019
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Political Agenda
December 27, 2019
This argues that the design of the Senate is problematic because it gives too much weight to rural voters. While that is true, it was, from the beginning, by design. At present this bias seems to be a conservative bias, but that too was by design. The senate was meant to be a place where the hot passions of the House would be allowed to 'cool' in the more-measured atmosphere of the upper chamber. The article mentions the issues to the progressive movement this situation creates; it becomes harder for them to promote their agenda when the Senate is held by the opposition. But even the article seems to admit there's no way to fix that witout starting over- something there seems little desire for.
December 27, 2019
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Pure Opinion
December 23, 2019
Although there is some data and infographics included in the piece, most of the article is just the author's opinion on the Republican-held Senate. Sensational language and a clear siding with the Democratic establishment.
December 23, 2019
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