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View Diary: Veteran Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin to retire after the 2014 elections (287 comments)

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  •  It may have just been the last straw. (6+ / 0-)

    For those who have been in the Senate for as long as he, they remember when it was functional. It must be very frustrating.

    •  Changing the filibuster (2+ / 0-)
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      GayHillbilly, HappyinNM

      Would have allowed the majority to pass more bills, but it has nothing to do with the way the culture of the Senate has changed. 20 years ago, you would have your fights on the floor and then go golf with the guy across the aisle from you. Today there is no personal comity left in the Senate.

      Imagine you work in the same place your whole life and all of your friends are now gone and you're left with a bunch of snotty knownothings that think they each run the show. Welcome to today's Senate.

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