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  •  The Smart GOP Play (3+ / 0-)

    Well, the smart GOP play now is to be vaguely reasonable in the Senate for the next two years, knowing full well that the House remains as committed to obstruction as ever. So let the Democrats pass all kinds of good bills through the Senate, where they will go to the House to die, or be matched against diametrically opposed matching legislation from the House.

    This would also tend to insulate GOP Senatorial candidates who have to appeal to their entire blue-trending states, while letting the gerrymandered Representatives block things by appealing only to their carefully hand-picked districts.

    But given that that would be the smart play for the GOP, we can probably count on them to do the exact opposite instead.

    "I play a street-wise pimp" — Al Gore

    by Ray Radlein on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 02:26:49 PM PST

    •  Why? (8+ / 0-)

      Why should they be any more reasonable?  They've been absolutely hellish for the past four years and what penalty did they receive?  None.  They can continue to be absolutely hellish.

      The fact of the matter is that the party leadership did not want to reform the filibuster because they use it as a tool too to keep anything that is not favorable to the establishment from passing while keeping that fig leaf about being the party of the people shakily in place.

      I mean, let's get real.  What is the other explanation for Reid and other Senators sabotaging themselves?

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 02:30:56 PM PST

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