Because it's the only way Feingold gets the nomination since he ain't running. :-P
Highly unlikely, but if Iraq really, really sucks, he is the strongest anti-war canidate, having both voted against the Iraq war and showing the ability to win a purple state in a state-wide election (three times). Kucinich is just as anti-war as Feingold (maybe more so), but he's never shown he can win anything other than a cushy liberal House seat. So, if Feingold is willing (still a question), he might be satisfactory to many convention goers as an odd compromise. Yeah, yeah, wishful thinking.
...with giving a non-state (such as DC) a vote in either house of Congress as well, since the constitution specifically says residents of states choose these.
My opinion, such that it is, is that to give DC residents the vote, a constitutional amendment is required and should be passed. But, since that gives the Dems two more Senators and one more House rep, this will never happen as long as Republicans control at least a one third of the House or one third of the Senate or one quarter of the state governments (that's all it will take to block an amendment). That is to say, this will never happen.
This bill in particular is quite horrible, since the Republicans very well could gain one, and possibly two, seats with the Democratic DC seat being proclaimed unconstitutional.
Giving DC the vote is one of those things like eliminating the Electoral Colege. It's the right thing to do, but also completely impossible. Sorry.
Congress runs DC, that much is for certain, and can do whatever they want in regards to trash pick up or zoning laws or anything else. However, that's not the question here-Congress does not decide who gets to be in Congress-the Constitution does, and the Constitution says The People from the States decide who gets to be in Congress, and voters in DC aren't from a state.
Maybe the Supreme Court will decide it's fine, maybe they won't. We won't really know until they decide, if they ever do.
People from out of state need to realize that California is nowhere near as blue as they think-the Democrats just win all the time because the Republicans always nominate wingnut dumbasses for state-wide positions.
...to boost the party in general and our presidential canidates in particular? It's the DCCC's and DSCC's job to campaign for congress critters, not the DNC. If so, keeping some money in reserve for 2008 is perfectly logical.
I believe it came from a Republican. The plan may be to do this "fair" trade off, the morons on our side agree, and whoopsie, the DC seat is found unconstitutional, but the Utah seat is fine, add +1 for their side.
...all non-state American territories don't have representation in Congress, not just DC. Puerto Rico is part of the US, for instance, yet they have no Congresscritters as well. However, the way the constitution is written, DC can never become a state, while Puerto Rico could eventually become one.
The United States constitution has many, many flaws, this being but one.
"The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature."
Article 1, Section 8, Paragraph 17 reads:
"To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings"
So, the House is chosen by people from the states, and DC is made up of territory that is no longer a state. Therefore, DC can't get a House seat without a constitutional amendment. If this is passed, DC's House seat will be found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court-but Utah may get to keep thier bonus Republican seat. This is a horrible, horrible, horrible plan which I am strongly against.