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  •  It's huge (3+ / 0-)
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    The 41 vote is bigger than the talking filibuster, in my opinion.  Right now 60 senators must be present to break a filibuster.  Remember, Democrats only had 60 senators on the floor for about ten to twelve days during the entirety of Obama's presidency, due to various illnesses and such (mostly Kennedy and Byrd).

    Switching the burden means a talking filibuster can be forced, anyway.  Better than that, only one of the majority needs to hang around while 41 from the minority must stick around 24 hours a day to keep the filibuster going.  This gives way more leverage Reid and the majority party.

    •  If the talking filibuster is off the table.. (0+ / 0-)

      ..they aren't going to insist 41 Senators remain on hand to discuss the bill, since they would have already tabled it and moved on to something else.

      Hopefully someone on DKos can explain how it's going to work.

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      by Wayward Son on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 05:35:25 PM PST

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