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  •  But Reid says he has 51 votes (1+ / 0-)
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    He specified that he has the 51 votes he needs to proceed on a Democratic plan, indicating he's willing to pursue the "constitutional option" of changing the rules without the usual two-thirds vote. Previously, a number of senior Democrats had professed reluctance to change the rules with a simple majority, saying they feared it would set a dangerous precedent.

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    by skohayes on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 01:53:09 PM PST

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    •  He can say that, but does he really? (1+ / 0-)
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      I guess he could claim one of his 51 got cold feet tomorrow.  

      I don't get his negotiating stance here - "we have 51 but I'm willing to cut a deal with you" seems to make it rather obvious that he wants a negotiated deal and might take less there.  He should be claiming "we have 49 but a couple "no's" are still on the fence and would like a negotiated deal, but if the GOP isn't willing to really address the blanket obstruction in a negotiated manner than they'll be open to put us over the threshold".  

      Harry has made it obvious that he's negotiating against himself here.  

      "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

      by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 02:05:41 PM PST

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