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  •  Yes, after our experience in the last decade, the (4+ / 0-)
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    idea that we are going to cultivate and benefit from goodwill from Republicans by voluntarily giving up strategic advantages seems dubious.

    The GOP would not hesitate to use every advantage they can get.

    However, deeper in the article some Senators worry that if we eliminate the Senate filibuster with the 51 vote option, it may set a precedent that future GOP dominated Senates might use against us.  

    It is difficult to know if this is a fantasy or great wisdom. (A fantasy to think that future GOP Senators would still use similar restraint.)

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 12:42:56 PM PST

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    •  Straw man argument (3+ / 0-)
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      Fear of changing the rules because of what Republicans might do someday? Seriously?

      This coming from the party that kept it's "powder dry" and almost never used the filibuster when Republicans held the majority.

      Insanity. Democrats who vote against filibuster reform are endorsing gridlock. It's as if they'd rather not take a position on the hard stuff.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 02:14:18 PM PST

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