Gerry Canavan

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Senator of the Day

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Oregon’s Jeff Merkley.

Merkley: There’s no question that the Senate has become dysfunctional, and it’s not good for democracy. I think there are a lot of reasons for that. First, not a lot of folks know each other. We’re here three days a week and then back in our districts. Sometimes you need personal bonds to overcome that partisanship. I got to know people at the state legislature level just by sitting next to them in committees. And we could work together on issues and move things forward. There’s a lot of isolation in the Senate. I think there are a lot of reinforcing factors to the partisanship as well.

But there’s no question that the procedure itself is dysfunctional. I’m working with a colleague to come up with some ideas to improve that. It’s going to be a long-term project, because to change the rules around here takes 67 votes. But we’ve come up with some ideas.

John McCain, naturally, is your worst senator of the day. Second place: Ben “Ugh” Nelson, who knows the true meaning of Christmas is no health care for anyone.

Written by gerrycanavan

December 18, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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