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Yes, once again Harry Reid promised us Filibuster reform.  Once again we fell for it and just as I thought he would, at the last minute he pulled the football out and we, the American Public, landed kersplat, right on our fannies.

When are we going to learn.  I heard Sherrod Brown trying to make lemurade out of this last night on MSNBC, his basic argument was they didn't have the votes.  Well folks that's because Harry Reid didn't want there to be the votes.  If he had, he'd have gotten it done.  But he hemmed and hawed and pretended to be all over the fillibuster reform, until it was finally all over.

ARHGHGHGH

New Senate Leadership 2014!

I hope Mr. Reid grows a boil on his butt where he's been sitting on it too long.

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  •  Lemurade? (4+ / 0-)
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    MJB, winsock, Angie in WA State, aseth

    hmmmm........meat juice?

  •  Many Years Ago I Learned (2+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State, twigg

    not to be surprised by anything.

    I learned this after working for and voting for I don't know how many Democrats in a primary that never had a chance to get the nomination.

    That I was far more liberal then most in my party. It is what it is. Not happy about that, but alas that is the way it is.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:11:05 PM PST

  •  Rec'd for the thought (0+ / 0-)

    because while I agree mostly with the intent of your diary, I think I might have chosen other words.

    Like lemonade.


    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

    by Angie in WA State on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:50:52 PM PST

  •  Gives him cover on the AWB, eh. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:52:01 PM PST

  •  "Find his testicles" (2+ / 0-)
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    nickrud, citylights

    Is that like "Grow a pair?" a remark that would be Hide Rateable on the face of it.

    Rather than simply rant about your failure to achieve the latest "shiny thing" you desired, how about you explain why you are right, and Sherrod Brown is wrong.

    I figured from the moment, days ago, that Reid started to change his view, that he probably didn't have the votes, and for that we blame Democratic Senators.

    Harry Reid has one vote, and a big stick which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't because several Senators are more scared of their own shadows than they are of Harry.

    Change in the Senate is painfully slow and almost always incremental. It has always been that way, and the appearance some are giving of only just finding this out is fine, but it does suggest that they need to pay more attention.

    The Senate is a horrible mess, even if Democrats do appear to have a majority ... They also have more than a few DINOs.

    It allows our side to set the agenda, but little else.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:46:23 PM PST

    •  hardly (3+ / 0-)
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      gooderservice, aseth, Chi

      This is just another 20-dimensional chess comment.

      Reid had his chance and he blew it on condemning other Senators for revealing who was in the way of reform.

      Saying Reid could not achieve anything is just defeatist nonsense.

      You could say that after each and every decision ever made by any politician.

      I believe in Trust but Verify but others, new to politics, still seem to be stuck on Trust.

      So we achieve nothing because politicians give in and never get called on it.  They always have an out "Nothing more was possible".

      That is the chorus line from the song of perpetual failure.

      Blake: I am an enemy of the Federation but it is corrupt and oppressive. I will destroy it if I can

      by GideonAB on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:07:29 AM PST

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    •  The majority leader has power. (3+ / 0-)
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      MarciaJ720, a2nite, ontario

      If he chooses to use it.

      He could have brought reform to the floor and let it fail if he didn't have the votes - but those that opposed it would have been on the record as opposing it, and would end up with guaranteed primary challenges. They'd therefore be less likely to break with the party. I bet it would have passed on a party line vote.

      He has plenty of other sticks available too.

      The only reasonable explanation is that he personally didn't want it to pass, and in doing so he's crippled Obama's next two years.

      He betrayed the president, not just us, and should resign.

      The next majority leader should use the actual nuclear option and tell the Republicans to shove their gentleman's agreement where the sun don't shine.

      •  Harry Reid (3+ / 0-)
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        aseth, a2nite, ontario

        has been a great disappointment.

        He has let Mitch McConnell run all over him and it is time to replace Harry.

        Just like Nancy Pelosi is doing more to get things done in the House than John Boehner is, seems Mitch is also getting his way more often due to a weak Harry.

        Just my feelings and I once appreciated Harry Reid's soft spoken voice.  Not anymore.  He's weak and has shown that to be true time after time.

        There should have been a better, stronger compromise on the filibuster but there was not.  Expect nothing to happen of importance in the next 2 years and we are then assuming that the Dems might take back the House - remember, We Are Gerrymandered to the moon and back.

        -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

        by MarciaJ720 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 06:47:05 AM PST

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  •  My first thought on seeing the headline (0+ / 0-)

    was Lucille Ball's character on "I Love Lucy", not the Peanuts character, but either one kind of works, just in a different way.

    Mitt Romney = Draco Malfoy

    by ubertar on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:38:59 AM PST

  •  Harry has left (1+ / 0-)
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    ontario

    ... the base "gaping" in shock : O

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