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To retain the Senate and regain the House of Representatives for the Democratic Party would seem a daunting task. But if the measure of congressmen in the 10th and 11th “safe” districts of Pennsylvania is an indication of Republican quality, it might not be impossible.

I wouldn’t argue that U.S. Rep. Tom Marino is worse than Louis Gohmert or U.S. Lou Barletta worse than Blake Farenthold. (Gohmert and Farenthold are congressmen in Texas and two of the original “birthers.”) In addition, I wouldn’t attempt to make the case that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey – presumably running for re-election in 2016 – is as blatantly tea party as Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas. Toomey’s Wall Street origins probably mean that he will continue to honor Paul Ryan budgets like Marino, Barletta, Gohmert and Farenthold. (Those budgets are not only unworkable, but hateful and cruel.)

What I am putting forward is that there is not enough of a contrast in what we have representing us and what they have in crazyland.

Stephen Ohlemacher of the Associated Press writes that the Republican Party was wise in commandeering (gerrymandering) voter advantage in most states. This was an effective, if not noble, operation. It is, however, not fail-proof. First of all, citizens must recognize what happened and how they were hornswoggled. Then they must be determined to not vote against their own self-interest.

What about Gov. Tom Corbett against Texas Gov. Rick Perry? Neither is a gem, but Texas has the edge. Maybe Corbett will be the secret weapon in getting President Obama a Democratic Congress – he will be at the top of the Republican ballot on Nov. 4.

Richard J. Yost

South Abington Township

Lackawanna County

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