I guess my question is, if the leadership caves, will they be able to peel off enough votes from the Republican sto counter the fact that the progressive wing of the party is going to revolt? Russ Feingold has already said that he's not voting for a bill that has no timeline. If they lose the support of Feingold, Boxer, Kennedy, etc., they're going to have to pick up some Republicans or Lieberman.
People blindly say that "the truth is in the middle" all the time, but I think that is actually the case here. I think this comment is exactly right--I doubt that Anthony suddenly, out of the blue, changed the password, and I really doubt whether the campaign didn't actually start ratcheting up pressure as the group got larger.
Some of those places are so absurdly small that they shouldn't really be states. American Samoa has a population of 57,000. Should it really have two senators and a house member and three electoral votes?
We shouldn't go from underrepresenting some people to wildly overrepresenting them. Puerto Rico is larger than several states. DC has a population that is at least comparable to that of Wyoming.
Perhaps we could create a new state out of American holdings in the Pacific, but I don't know enough about how the residents of Guam and the Marinara Islands and whatnot feel about being lumped together to really support or oppose such a notion.