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  •  KILL THE FILIBUSTER COMPLETELY! (9+ / 0-)

    There is no doubt whatsoever the GOP will do it the instant it ever takes over the Senate again, so the Dems are idiots if they don't beat them to it.

    •  A) not going to happen. (7+ / 0-)

      B) you underestimate the reverence for tradition and precedent in the Senate, even among Republicans.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 05:54:26 AM PST

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      •  And the realization on both sides (1+ / 0-)
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        that majority status in the Senate is very fleeting. It can't be locked in with gerrymandering.

        •  Red states, (2+ / 0-)
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          in that most low-population states are red, will always have the advantage (yes, but VT, I know) in the Senate. That we were able to hold it in 2010 is a measure of the extremism of the GOP, how much they've been willing to allow that extremism to cripple them politically, and also shows a good deal of political smarts on our side.

          However, I don't think either side is doing themselves any favors by voting to continue this invitation to constant obstructionism. Can they seriously be happy about their current poll numbers?

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:25:06 AM PST

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      •  The GOP cares about nothing (0+ / 0-)

        except ramming through their ALEC agenda.

        If they ever get control of the Senate again, they will end the filibuster within 30 seconds of walking in the door.

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