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  •  I watched Carl Levin speak (8+ / 0-)

    to that issue yesterday on CSPAN.  It has a lot to do with when he was in the minority and what he sees as the potential for abuse should the Dems once again become the minority in the Senate.  Levin also said that any President, be he Dem or Rep should be able to build his team with the people that he chooses and while he voted against the nuclear option, he supports the right of the President to choose his team.  He said that the Republicans' abuse of the filibuster is why Reid was forced to go with the nuclear option. In addition, Levin did say that any filibuster, and I agree, should be required to be a talking filibuster, not just the threat of one.

    IMHO, Harkin's proposal for requiring the filibuster to be a talking one and to limit the time frame within which it can be imposed along with a decreasing vote threshold is the best solution for legislative filibusters.  

    The first vote would require 60. If it failed to reach 60, debate would continue until a new vote, which would require 57, and so on until a simple majority could determine whether the measure lived or died.

    "You could hold something up for maybe a month, but then, finally you'd come down to 51 votes and a majority would be able to pass," Harkin said.

    The original idea behind the filibuster was to allow for the minority opinion to be heard.  If a filibuster is not required to be a talking filibuster, then there is no minority opinion being publicly stated and the threat of a filibuster is simply a tool that is being abused by the minority to create gridlock.

    "I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~ Dr. Cornel West "It was a really naked declaration of imperialism." ~ Jeremy Scahill on Obama's speech to the UN

    by gulfgal98 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:05:24 AM PST

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