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Last fall, a Democrat called Tony DeLuca got re-elected to the Pennsylvania statehouse while dead. Not just dead inside like most politicians, but actually dead, not breathing. And not only did DeLuca win after having been dead for a full month, but he won in a landslide. Tony DeLuca got more than 85% of the vote.
Now, by any measure, that is embarrassing. Pennsylvania Democrats elected a dead man. They knew they were doing it. They did it anyway. This would seem to defeat the idea of representative democracy, which is that you vote for peopleso they can represent you. But party leaders in Pennsylvania were not embarrassed. They were proud.
“While we’re incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca,” they said in a statement. “We are proud to see the voters continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously.” In other words, electing a guy who can’t possibly represent you is not an offense against democracy, it’s the essence of democracy.
Now, it’s not a typo, they put that in a press release. And actually, it makes kind of sense when you remember