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  •  Then Obama should use that wonderful (2+ / 0-)
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    thing called "leverage".

    To start with, inform Harry Reid (one of the biggest pork-barrellers in the Senate) that sequester cuts will be targeted to operations in Nevada unless the filibuster goes by the board. He can do that to some extent - certainly, he can ensure that cuts are bigger in Nevada than elsewhere.

    And then he can pull the same trick with Republican politicians. Inform them that unless they're going to play ball, honestly, he'll ensure that all those ribbon-cuttings they so adore won't be happening in their districts for as long as he's President.

    Likewise, Harry Reid either needs to start whipping his caucus, or to give way to someone who can. Confronted by a Senate that refuses to enable their lunacy at all, the Republicans may just decide to sit down and bargain. And even if they don't, a stern and resolute Democratic Party will send a much different message to the public than the dithering, spineless Democrats one sees today in Congress.

    The GOP's playing for keeps - any Democrat who wants to be taken seriously can do no less.

    "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

    by Australian2 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 08:18:03 PM PDT

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