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  •  Doesn't excuse false ad hominem attacks (1+ / 0-)
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    On the merits, I too have some disagreements with Bernstein, as I have previously discussed. The point is, reasonable people can disagree on important issues, and Bernstein is a reasonable person. In fact, you would probably agree with a lot of his views. There's no point in calling him names. He isn't David Brooks or some other Beltway concern troll or tut tutter. He is a smart, reform-minded man who dissents with most of dailykos on a single topic on which he has plenty of historical perspective. No need to call him names.

    •  Perhaps Mr. Bernstein's POV (1+ / 0-)
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      comes from being a liberal in Texas.  Maybe he's accustomed to seeing the vast majority of the population in his area drinking Rush kool-aid on a daily basis.

      He may not be aware that right wing talking points don't sell very well to most Americans these days.

      His intentions are good, but perhaps he's misreading the potential impact of GOP talking filibusters.

      Please stand by. I'm looking for a new sig line.

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:27:20 AM PST

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      •  Our experience with the passage of Obamacare (0+ / 0-)

        suggests otherwise. Republicans can always come up with justifications for why legislation "needs more time" and is being "rammed through congress" and needs "adjustments" which they have no intention of passing, and the result is that the legislation becomes less popular and the majority party gets the blame for dysfunction in a chamber they nominally control. Republicans can always find some ginned up controversy which they can use to argue against a judge indefinitely, and as a result the judge becomes "controversial" and "partisan". I just don't see how the talking filibuster solves this problem. If we had a media that accurately and thoroughly reported on the minutia of happenings on the senate floor and an American audience captivated by senate procedure and willing to vote against those who abuse it, we would not need to discuss filibuster reform. But there is nothing in the reform proposal stopping 45 senators from rotating unopposed speeches against everything the majority wants to do. Such reform is not sufficient to make the filibuster politically or physically difficult. We need more.

        But this is really beside the point, which is that the name-calling against Bernstein is inappropriate given his consistent dedication to liberal principles and reality-based analysis by political outsiders.

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