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  •  Some IMHO more honest reactions (23+ / 0-)

    to all of this, not this insider conciliatory BS:

    Reid is furious with Merkeley:

    Senators Against Democracy

    OK, is this thing on? By this point you probably know about the great and glorious bipartisan deal to sack Senate rules reform and replace it with something that can be called the same. A week or so ago I crawled out of retirement to castigate the bogus PR of the McCain-Levin compromise, which didn't only do nothing but actually would make the Senate operate worse in some respects. It comes as little surprise that this is almost precisely what will go into effect, right down to the sunset on the reforms to nominations and the motion to proceed, meaning they expire at the end of this Congress. Basically the changes amount to "Majority Leader Time Management Reform." The Majority Leader will get to stack some nominations together and move from one bill to another faster. It makes Harry Reid's job easier. It won't allow for much else. No wonder Reid pulled the trigger on it. The various changes are here and here. I've already said my peace about them. They're accompanied by a "gentlemen's agreement" that the leadership of both parties will force more accountability on the individual Senators doing the filibustering. Somehow I don't believe that a Majority Leader this pissed off about, well, accountability for his colleagues, will enforce that gentlemen's agreement.

    At Tuesday's closed-door caucus meeting, Merkley was upbraided by Reid for breaking unspoken Senate rules and naming specific senators in a conference call with Democratic activists last week, according to sources familiar with the exchange. "He's pissed off so many in the caucus," said one Democratic aide piqued at Merkley. "He has been having conference calls with progressive donors and activists trying to get them energized. He's named specific Dem Senators. Many are furious. He was called out on Tuesday in caucus and very well could be again today."

    The main usage of the filibuster in its early history was to block anti-lynching legislation. It's been employed most vigorously to stop civil rights laws. The history of the filibuster is a history of blocking liberal progress.

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    Does that sound like a guy who wanted real change? No it fucking doesn't. It sounds like a guy who wanted to keep the status quo and wanted his club members to play along with his game of diddling the activists pushing for real change.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 03:58:55 PM PST

    •  Reid a monstrous ass (4+ / 0-)
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      and pretty much an enemy to Obama since Obama's entrance to the Senate. I hope someone's working on creating the conditions that make for Harry Reid to want to spend more time with his family.

      •  The coalition of activists (9+ / 0-)

        The Fix the Senate Now coalition should not let this go with mildly negative statements or talk about silver linings.  They should be loudly calling for his resignation as majority leader.

        He might have been an enemy of Obama at one time but I don't believe he is now. The White House gets their legislative work done through the Senate.  The Senate, unconstitutionally IMHO, initiates all the major bills taking direction from the White House, using their substitution method.  

        This is going to make it impossible to get any kind of liberal or progressive legislation through Congress.  But Obama is a big fan of bipartisan legislation anyway, so I don't see how this will be that big a deal to him.  But if Obama really does want to get some of the important kinds of bills through Congress that he has talked about, yes, Harry Reid just sabotaged that with the help of some other status quo Senators who are too cowardly to admit that they did it and are instead beating up on their fellow caucus member, Merkley.

        "Justice is a commodity"

        by joanneleon on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 05:08:52 PM PST

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