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  •  No one could have anticipated... (0+ / 0-)

    The extent of GOP filibuster abuse. By which phrasing I hope to communicate that someone probably did. BUT, as a practical matter, not enough to make that change in 6 months.

    Today there might be a different political appetite for filibuster reform. Especially if we Dems manage to hold both chambers starting in 2013.

    •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

      Filibuster abuse was already huge in the 110th Congress (Jan 2007 thru Jan 2009).

      The 111th Congress that began when Obama was elected knew this.  They did nothing.

      And then for the 112th that started in Jan 2011, the Senate was heavily lobbied to change the rule, and still failed to do so.

      All of the charts and history are there for easy viewing on the web.

      Here's one chart that shows the proof I state above for the 110th Congress.

      Here's another.

      Here's a comprehensive study published in 2010.

      Here's a chart that takes you through the 111th Congress:

      •  It nevertheless accelerated in the 112th. (0+ / 0-)

        "Heavilly lobbied"? That is a subjective measure, and by whom? Not by the general American electorate. Today there might be enough widespread discontent with the filibuster is my point.

        •  Well, I hope you are right (0+ / 0-)

          with the potential for the future, your point on that.

          Heavy lobbying for the 112th came from liberal groups, from at least 2 US Senators that actually wrote bills, etc.

          Democratic Senators looked at it, and decided not to move.  It was covered closely here at DK.  

          Seemed to me that the Sentors hold their snooty titles and history in very high esteem, and wanted to maintain precedence or something.

          I maintain that if the 111th had done away with the filibuster, we would have had incredibly different results during Obama's first term.  It has been my hugest disappoinment in elected Democrats.

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