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As the political discussions heat up with the approaching 2012 elections, I think it is of value to ponder this little experiment.
We create through the wonders of cloning two candidates to run for the US Representative seat in every district in the country. The one running on the Democratic ticket would be a shoe in for membership in the Progressive Caucus, whereas the other would sit up shop in the Tea Party Caucus. Neither of them would be wackos or nutjubs. Both would be skilled in the game of politics. A Bernie Sanders vs. Mike Pence sort of battle.
What would the US House of Representatives look like? What would it say about the state of progressive politics in this country? What obligation does each of the politicians have to their district when their wishes are contrary to the majority in the country?