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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Two Political Branches, Two Chambers

Two Political Branches:
Two Chambers:

Bicameralism and Federalist 51:
But it is not possible to give to each department an equal power of self-defense. In republican government, the legislative authority necessarily predominates. The remedy for this inconveniency is to divide the legislature into different branches; and to render them, by different modes of election and different principles of action, as little connected with each other as the nature of their common functions and their common dependence on the society will admit. It may even be necessary to guard against dangerous encroachments by still further precautions.
House-Senate Differences


A Senate session.

A House session:

One major difference between the chambers is that few House members run for president, and seldom get far when they do (see Duncan Hunter and Dennis Kucinich). But a fairly large fraction of senators have gone for the White House or are thinking of doing so.
  • Lamar Alexander (R-TN) 1996, 2000
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX) 2016
  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 2016
  • Orrin Hatch (R-UT) 2000
  • John McCain (R-AZ) 2000, 2008
  • Rand Paul (R-KY) 2016
  • Marco Rubio (R-FL) 2016
  • Bernard Sanders (I-VT) 2016
  • Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) 2016
And of course rememember President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of State Clinton.

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