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  •  Honestly, it would surprise me if the R's did that (2+ / 0-)
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    antirove, rainmanjr

    Fundamentally, the filibuster serves financial, not partisan, interests.  

    It gives an individual senator vast power--which is incredibly helpful in raising money.

    If it's reformed, the leadership will gain more power at the expense of the backbenchers.

    Senators who voluntarily give up that kind of power would be putting the greater good before themselves.  Does that sound like the Republican philosophy to you?

    •  It doesn't sound like political philosophy. (0+ / 0-)

      Neither party likes to give up individual power for the greater good.  Dem's are only talking about doing this because they gain power and are expecting to hold onto it for the foreseeable future.  Reid holds back because he fears they're wrong about the future.  I fear being wrong, as well, but societal norms have changed and polls indicate Dem's are in the driver's seat.  Further, I think a Dem will be more okay with launching a "for real" filibuster anyway so think we should throw caution to the wind.

      "When you think about the money spent/on defense by the government/& the weapons of destruction we've built/we're so sure that we need/then you think of the millions that money could feed/How long?" J Browne

      by rainmanjr on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 01:20:48 PM PST

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