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The Wages of One-Party Rule

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Some New Englanders are complaining. Nothing new there, that happens a lot, and it isn’t even limited to this region. But this time it’s some Republicans complaining about, you guessed it, George W. Bush. Seems Governors Romney (MA) and Rell (CT) along with Senator Snowe (R, ME) are upset that there are no New Englanders on the new base closing panel. Apart from these RINOs caterwauling, some Democrats have voiced complaints as well, but there is a simple political reality at work here: New England does not matter.

Harsh diagnosis perhaps, but New England has collectively hitched its horse to a wagon without wheels. New England consists of six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. We actually have a majority of Republican governors: CT, MA, NH, RI, and VT which is a legacy of people realizing that some sort of brake needs to be applied from time to time to the state legislatures. New Hampshire’s congressional delegation is entirely Republican, but Massachusetts – the largest – and arguably Vermont are entirely Democratic. (The two Vermont “Independents” caucus with the Democrats.) Five of the region’s twelve senators are Republicans which is not bad, but two of those Senator Snowe of ME and Senator Chafee of RI are ‘moderates’ of the Jeffords stripe and are unreliable. Only five of the region’s twenty-two house members are Republicans. This is a Democratic bastion up here holding no love for the President or his policies. This can be seen from the States that voted for him in 2000: New Hampshire And the states that voted for him in 2004: …

This President owes nothing to New England, and can safely ignore it politically except for a few senators. Thus are the consequences of ideological purity when your opponents control the government for the forseeable future. With only five percent of the seats in the House of Representatives now, and the population continuing to decline relative to other regions, New England will matter less and less as time goes on.

Written by martinipundit

March 16, 2005 at 10:38 pm

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