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  •  Kabuki Democrats (0+ / 0-)

    Control the Narrative, not the facts

    The simple fact is even if every Senate Democrat voted for the amendment it would not have received 60 votes. The four reluctant Democrats didn’t prevent the amendment from winning approval in the Senate.

    The senators that should truly be blame are the 51 Democrats who voted for the amendment but still haven’t voted to eliminate the filibuster. If the 51 Democrats who voted for the amendment really wanted to see it passed in the Senate, they could have passed it. They could have voted to eliminate the filibuster and than pass the bill with a simple majority vote like the Constitution specifies.

    Senate Democrats have created many excuses for not reforming the filibuster but the biggest reason is the idea of plausible deniability. It allows them to pretend to support things that they know will fail to get 60 votes and the ability to blame Republicans. They can get credit for voting for things while also exploiting the threat of a filibuster only to let it fail without their finger prints on it.

    Thass the problem.  All this fluff that ignores that just goes round in circles...
    •  And that's the stupidest thing (0+ / 0-)

      I've ever read.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 01:09:24 PM PDT

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      •  The Exception to 60 votes (0+ / 0-)

        Will be when Obama's fighting D's need to pass his austerity agenda (Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid cuts.). Those will no doubt pass with reconciliation simple majority plus one.  Change we can believe in!

        •  They are budget bills (0+ / 0-)

          They don't need the 60 vote threshold. It's been that way for a couple of decades now.

          “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

          by skohayes on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 03:37:00 AM PDT

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