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We're in luck! Greg Dworkin was able to join us this morning for a roundup light on the polls, but heavy on the punditry. We discuss Mitt's post-election gaffes, Angus King's coy games about caucusing with Democrats, and the coming fight on filibuster reform. And yes, we even took a detour into the 1%-er grifter narrative threatening to burst through the seams of the still-growing Petraus affair. Hour two of the show was about Part 2 of our "deep dive" into filibuster reform history. We picked up from where we left the previous show, describing the apparent conflict between the Constitution's grant to each house of Congress of the right to determine its own rules, and the Senate's own rules purporting both to require a 2/3 vote to end a filibuster of a rules change proposal, and to make that rule (and all the rest) perpetual, from one Congress to the next, unless changed in accordance with those same perpetual rules. We discussed the origin of the conflict, and how three Vice Presidents across both parties have settled the paradox in the past, all of which serve to illustrate why the beginning of a new Congress creates a special opportunity to enact rules changes by simple majority vote, and how it's happened in the past. The remaining piece of the puzzle, i.e., why no one seems to know it's been done in the past, despite knowing that the rules have in fact been changed, we'll settle next week. But you get a hint at it at the very end of today's show!

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  •  The puntivies are convinced that the purpose (0+ / 0-)

    of government is to punish people in the here and now, so they can be assured of being rewarded in the after-life. They do not see that agents of government are supposed to be servants of the people. They can't.  Because servants are expected to work, to perform, and incompetents are not able to perform.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:47:29 AM PST

  •  "entitlements" in Republican speak refer to (0+ / 0-)

    honoraria -- social recognition.  In the real world, entitlement is a synonym of right.
    Since punitives can't come out and proclaim their opposition to rights, human and civil, they've resorted to a dysphemism, entitlement.  A dysphemism is a word that makes a good sound bad.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:53:14 AM PST

  •  brilliant and understandable discussion of (3+ / 0-)

    filibuster by david waldman.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:08:04 AM PST

  •  Kind of explains Broadwell's political interest. (0+ / 0-)
    Broadwell graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1995. She majored in political geography.[10] She earned a master's degree in international security from the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2006.[11][12] She earned a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2008.[13][14] Broadwell is a Research Associate in the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership Fellows.[15] In 2008, she entered the PhD program at Department of War Studies at King's College London.[16]

    Show us your tax returns !!!!!!

    by Bush Bites on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 03:06:49 PM PST

  •  Love the show! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    David Waldman

    I can't wait to listen to this episode.

    And here's some advice regarding birthday wishes. Don't wish these people happy birthday:

    Ijaz Fahted
    Dawn Kiebals
    Ben Dover
    Hugh Jass
    I. P. Freily
    Amanda Huggenkis

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