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  •  Quite untrue. (18+ / 0-)

    There is judicial crisis going on as we speak. Hundreds of open judgeships that need to be filled. There are literally thousands of presidential appointments across the executive branch that are unfilled.

    And on the legislative front, there are big things that have to be done where we can break the House. We don't need all the Republican votes, just enough with pressure to get a few things done. Like immigration reform. Very important to all those Latino voters who expect us to get something done. Without filibuster reform, Republicans in the Senate will never have to account for killing it. In House, we know we wont have this problem. There is also major tax reform that is on the table and that's vital to have as strong a hand as we can play in Congress. I don't know why anyone would actually CHOOSE to be weak.

    Not to mention possibly 2 Supreme Court appointments. And somebody on the right side of that court might die. They are pretty old. That will give us the opportunity to shift the direction.

    Finally, we can't change the rules midstream as you propose should a court nominee get filibustered. That will require a 2/3rds vote.

    But the most important thing is that the filibuster is doomed regardless. Trust, Republicans will never put up with this bullshit. Never. Would Mitch McConnell actually be thinking to himself "Boy...i'd sure hate it if we lost and Democrats were mean. I'd better not do what I want." No way.

    So I do not understand why we would put up with it.

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