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The Fiscal Thingy debate is reported to be raging on, though once again there's no evidence of it on C-SPAN, because the House isn't doing a damn thing. They're keeping the lights on with minutiae, while John Boehner negotiates on behalf of a Republican caucus that might not even be on his side, when all is said and done. Greg Dworkin joined us to discuss polling that pretty clearly establishes that, despite (once again) the pronouncements of the pundits, the President really does have a mandate on issues critical to the Fiscal Thingy. At the same time, Republican voters are counseling their elected representatives not to give an inch on a single thing, even as a clear majority of the country demands the exact opposite. Branding problem? Recipe for disaster? Both?

And as the fight over the so-called "Right to Work" issue rages in Michigan, the Orwellian naming of the bill brought us back to Newt Gingrich's days as a Republican leader, and his behind-the-scenes work to teach Republicans exactly how to cast issues in the light most favorable to them, right down to prescribing lists of words they should use to describe themselves and their policies, as well as Democrats and their policies, no matter who or what they may be.

Finally, we turn in the end to filibuster reform, this time to discuss an open letter from eminent academics to Senators, clarifying the constitutional grounds and Senate precedents for changing the rules by majority vote.

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  •  I doubt real reform will happen But.... (0+ / 0-)

    Obama has pulled off harder chores and with the new Senate Arron Burr may have to roll over in his grave since it is all his fault.

    Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” webofdebt

    by arealniceguy on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 03:26:06 PM PST

  •  Finally! About time the Academics (0+ / 0-)

    wrote up what you've been saying all along about the Senate's ability to changes its rules with a majority vote.

    It was so frustrating (as someone who's learned so much about all things filibuster from you) to hear Ahrenberg and that parliamentarian go on and on, inaccurately, on Chris Hayes' show -- you would've set them all straight if you'd been given the chance! Anyway, I hope that letter gets the attention it deserves.

    P.S. I also enjoyed your reading of the GoPAC tips for Congressional candidates. Heh.

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