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U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to the press following his private meeting with United States U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 27, 2012.   REUTERS/Jason Ree
Lindsey Graham, mid-hissy fit.
Never mind those new filibuster rules the Senate passed last month, Sens. Lindsey Graham and James Inhofe will have their hissy fits. They are threatening to hold up the nominations of John Brennan to head the CIA and their former colleague Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.

Their reasons? Maybe a program of targeted killings of American citizens by drones that has been kept essentially secret from Congress, not to mention the American people? Of course not. It's about the teabagger cause du jour, Benghazi, and just because they can.

“I don’t think we should allow [John] Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship,  [Chuck] Hagel to be confirmed as secretary of defense, until the White House gives us an accounting. Did the president ever pick up the phone and call anyone in the Libyan government to help these folks? What did the president do?” Graham said on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.”

Graham said that he would not attempt to filibuster, but nodded yes when asked if he was willing to put holds on the nominees, which essentially means asking for the courtesy of notification before the Senate majority leader moves ahead on a vote.

Huckleberry has a new demand, now that everybody that had anything to do with national security has been hauled up to Congress to testify about that night, and no scandal has emerged. Now he has to have a play-by-play of what President Obama was doing on the night of the Benghazi attacks because, he says, he thinks the president is disengaged. Just like he held up Robert Gates' nomination to Defense by demanding to know what President Bush was doing when his national security team was cooking up the lie that WMD in Iraq posed an immediate threat to the U.S. Oh, right, he didn't do that. The real reason Graham is making these threats is of course his reelection in 2014, and the fact that he really needs to shore up his credentials with the most extreme of his base.

By the way, even a hold on a cabinet-level appointee is unprecedented, which might be why Graham is unwilling to say he'd go so far as a filibuster. His stupider colleague, Inhofe, is going all in. His reason? “I don’t trust this president to make the right appointment, I don’t think that Hagel is the right appointment." He doesn't need a reason, just a profound dislike and distrust of his president.

This is business as usual from this Republican Senate caucus, but not how the Senate is actually supposed to conduct itself. Unprecedented obstruction calls for a reciprocal response from Senate Democrats, and if that means Harry Reid has to act with his majority to stop this, so be it.

Please sign our petition urging Harry Reid to re-open the process of filibuster reform in the Senate.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:21 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (34+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:21:21 AM PST

  •  And, they've run out of post offices to name. (3+ / 0-)
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    "Let us never forget that doing the impossible is the history of this nation....It's how we are as Americans...It's how this country was built"- Michelle Obama

    by blueoregon on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:23:48 AM PST

  •  When you give into bullies Harry, (13+ / 0-)

    they increase the bulling. Filibuster reform now!

    Plato's " The Cave" taught me to question reality.

    by CTDemoFarmer on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:40:01 AM PST

    •  You know what frosts my biscuits? (2+ / 0-)
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      Shortly after Republican Senators stopped their cooing sounds on the filibuster agreement and here we go again.  Frankly, I have doubts about the various nominees particularly regarding drones and secrecy and our war on terror.  But I thought the filibuster was off the table for routine items such as Presidential appointments.  A "hold" is filibuster in another form--rule by the minority.

      •  I can't believe that they are stopping their two (1+ / 0-)
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        favorite government entities from having any leadership in order to find out if anyone made the famous if basically fabulous-in-campaign-commercials Three AM phone call, and whether the President went to the rest room that night or had a cup of coffee, because that's what he's asking for, every movement the President made that night, professional or personal. I have never ever heard of any President being required or even asked on an offiicial basis for that sort of personal stuff. And all he may find out is that he didn't answer the Three AM call because nobody placed it until later.

        •  And when the WH admits that Obama (0+ / 0-)

          indeed went to the bathroom that night....

          ....they will move the goalposts again and ask for a more detailed accounting.

          Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. ALL ROYALTIES BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 1, DONATED TO THIS SITE, DAILYKOS!! @floydbluealdus1

          by Floyd Blue on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:52:49 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  The American people must know ... (1+ / 0-)
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            Was it #1 or #2?

            Did the President wipe and did he wash his hands?

            “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

            by jrooth on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:57:05 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Then the gop will roll with a #2 and no hand wash (0+ / 0-)

              Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. ALL ROYALTIES BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 1, DONATED TO THIS SITE, DAILYKOS!! @floydbluealdus1

              by Floyd Blue on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:59:17 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

          •  No firsthand knowledge but (0+ / 0-)

            Methinks Mr. Graham may just be tempting fate to delve so deeply into the President's personal habits.

            Just sayin'

            "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."-Buckminster Fuller

            by NCJan on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:12:24 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Maybe they could invite Graham over to the (0+ / 0-)

              White House and reconstruct the events for him.  Maybe even help him out by holding him the exact correct position for the full effect of the Presidential action.  Maybe they could even serve the President some greasy food during the day leading up to it to help with the re-enactment.

              •  Lindsay Graham has already attracted (1+ / 0-)
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                A lot of unpleasant speculation about himself.  

                It's weird that he would insist on speculating about others.

                "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."-Buckminster Fuller

                by NCJan on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:31:21 PM PST

                [ Parent ]

          •  detailed accounting (0+ / 0-)

            What if he was having sex? I'm sure Lindsey and Jimmy would
            demand impeachment. These two clowns are disgrace to our
            government. Please get them out of office,the next election
            needs to rid them from the Senate and lobbying in the future!

    •  Reid Didn't Surrender to Bullies (5+ / 0-)

      Reid's goal was to keep a strong filibuster to that repugs can stop progressive legislation and so that Dems won't have to take a public position by voting against the substance of a bill. It's better if repugs kill it procedurally. Stalling cabinet nominations isn't what Reid wanted but it's a necessary evil from his perspective.

      "The problem with posting quotes off the Internet is you never know if they're genuine."--Gen. George Washington at the Battle of Gettysburg, February 30, 1908

      by Aspe4 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:42:32 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Stop the filibuster, that will be the way to deal (5+ / 0-)

    with obstruction on the part of the GOP.  We've had enough of this/

  •  I don't want Brennan approved either (11+ / 0-)

    Of course, not for the reasons given by these clowns.

    “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln

    by Sagebrush Bob on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:21:36 AM PST

  •  Harry Reid better not ask me for help! (10+ / 0-)

    If I get some damned email from Harry Reid or the Senate Democrats asking for help getting legislation or nominees past republican filibusters, I think I'll scream.

  •  'Senator Hagel, would you (12+ / 0-)

    fellate a donkey for Israel?

    The piece that never made it onto Saturday night live. Pretty funny, though not as funny as it could have been.

  •  Here we go again (5+ / 0-)

    Anyone here surprised?  I did'nt think so.

    *the blogger formerly known as shirlstars

    by Shirl In Idaho on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:25:56 AM PST

  •  Did Lindsay Graham vote to reduce funding (3+ / 0-)
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    of security for the State Department? Does anyone know what bill that was and which Republicans are responsible?

    I'll sit down and wait for the answer.

    skipping over damaged area

    by Says Who on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:26:11 AM PST

  •  Hounded by Senator Huckleberry (1+ / 0-)
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    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:34:30 AM PST

  •  Democrats need new leadership in congress. (4+ / 0-)

    Harry Reid is a wimp, and Pelosi (war crimes off the table) isn't much better.  

    The tent got so big it now stands for nothing.

    by Beelzebud on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:34:42 AM PST

  •  Oh FFS! Yep, keep on flogging the dead horse that (1+ / 0-)
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    is Benghazi, you pathetic, hypocritcal assholes. Cuz leaving the top positions at both the CIA and DOD unfilled is such smart National Security policy at exactly the same time you are unwilling to deal with the sequester issue in a reasonable, logical way. I mean, this only continues to weaken the already devestated reputation of the GOP's "strong on national security" card (which was always bullshit anyway) and it strengthens the democratic party on national security issues.

    Keep on flogging, boys!

    "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

    by mindara on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:35:09 AM PST

    •  This is not about anything logical. Its a demo of (0+ / 0-)

      the power to damage and destroy absolutely everything to get those ideological things that nobody else wants, to show you are powerful because ruthless. Nothing else.

    •  Benghazi vs gross negligence (1+ / 0-)
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      Congress doesn't pass a budget, lowers our credit rating, blocks essential appointments and yet Face the Nation gives Lindsey Graham a free pass on all this so he can be on the show as much as he likes to harp on phony scandals.

    •  it's the dems fault that benghazi is anything at (1+ / 0-)
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      all.

      if the dem party had an organized response for talk radio (as opposed to NO organized response of any kind, not even monitoring), the political and media talking heads taking the benghazi BS seriously would be rightfully seen as teabagger radio idiots and be shunned.

      the only reason mushmouth and sons are being taken seriously is because they ride the talk radio bandwagon and months of coordinated unchallenged repetition to 50 mil a week.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:59:09 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Don't these Communist loving Republicans know (0+ / 0-)

    that the United States of America is at WAR! and that Our Troops are in harms way?????

    Does anybody got the time to play Games?

    Notice: This Comment © 2013 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:36:25 AM PST

  •  I personally (3+ / 0-)
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    don't want these guys approved. They are part of what stinks in Washington.

  •  Thanks, Harry. (3+ / 0-)
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    You suck.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:36:58 AM PST

  •  ah well so much for the... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...gentlemans agreement.   I look forward to yet another floor speech by Reid about what a mistake he made.

    BTW the republicans aretrying to make the Bengazi deaths like another Vince Foster BS conspiricy theory to hang around Hilliary's neck.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:37:59 AM PST

  •  Ah, Yes, "pick up the phone" and reach out... (0+ / 0-)

    ... to ... to "anyone in the Libyan government to help these folks."

    Why, that would surely be the next best thing to being there, Senator. With that rationale, you might win some Far Right extremist votes back home, but you'd have a helluva time surviving any TV interviews about it, except on Faux News, of course.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:38:18 AM PST

  •  I thought Graham and Inhofe (0+ / 0-)

    had IMPORTANT stuff to Do like Naming Post Offices.

    They Really Deserve a New Name:

    The Gerrymandering Obstructionist Party.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:39:10 AM PST

  •  You know I would support.... (3+ / 0-)

    ....online petitions more if they weren't just blatant attempts to generate solicitation mailing lists for politicians that don't really do anything to help people.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:40:21 AM PST

  •  I'm trying to remember the terms Dick 'n Bush (4+ / 0-)
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    finally, grudgingly conceded to with the 9/11 commission.  Oh yeah:

    Then government officials who were called to testify before the commission included:

    • George W. Bush - President; testimony not under oath. The session was not officially transcribed because the White House considered it a "private meeting" in which highly classified information would be discussed. Asked to limit the length of testimony to one hour (However, the meeting lasted for three hours and ten minutes). Testimony took place in the Oval Office. Initially, Bush insisted that he testify only to the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the commission, but later agreed to testify before the full panel.
    • Dick Cheney - Vice President; testimony not under oath. The session was not officially transcribed because the White House considered it a "private meeting" in which highly classified information would be discussed. Testimony took place in the Oval Office.
    I'm sure that Graham Cracker and Captain Science would be totally fine and more than happy with Obama / Clinton / Rice et al testifying in a similar manner, right?

    /sarc
    __

    Give a man a gun and he can rob a bank.
    Give a man a bank and he can rob the world.

    by here4tehbeer on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:40:54 AM PST

  •  Goober, you drama Queen, go away.... (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Anyone else notice.... (0+ / 0-)

    ...that Graham is developing the "McConnell neck".

    Is there something about being a right-wing piece of sh*t that makes you grow such a retarded looking neck-chin?

    Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

    by aguadito on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:43:22 AM PST

  •  If they block Brennan (3+ / 0-)
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    that will be terrific.  The clown show is just extra.

  •  Typical - nice job Harry (2+ / 0-)
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    Old Boys network in the Senate at its best.

    "You can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire. Once the flames begin to catch, the wind will blow it higher." Peter Gabriel - "Biko"

    by jerrypw on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:44:02 AM PST

  •  And well they should... (0+ / 0-)

    how dare the President insist on nominating people they are opposed to.  Why didn't he consult with them first?  This could have all been avoided if only he'd acquiese.

    being mindful and keepin' it real

    by Raggedy Ann on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:44:22 AM PST

  •  Graham = Ashley Wilkes (0+ / 0-)

    watching his world fall away, but not willing to let it go. So he creates fake chaos to keep it alive & seemingly important. Graham seems to be making a whole bunch of noise to drown out the obvious, plugging his ears and saying "blah, blah, blah, I can't hear the death throes of my relevancy"

    I'm pretty tired of being told what I care about.

    by hulibow on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:44:26 AM PST

  •  Graham and Inhofe (2+ / 0-)
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    Knock yourselves out.  

  •  The right actions (2+ / 0-)
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    for the wrong reasons and by the wrong people.

    Filibuster reform?  Really?  Did anyone really believe Harry Reid wouldn't cave on that like he's caved on everyf***ingthing else?

  •  Why do you guys keep re-using that pug photo? (0+ / 0-)

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:46:48 AM PST

  •  Let them do it. (0+ / 0-)

    We don't need a Secretary of Defense or a ...what is that ...a CIA director.  It's not like we're at war or have the Chinese hacking our stuff.

    Congress is broken and the only thing that will fix it is a super-majority in both chambers.  Remember that when you vote in 2014.

  •  In other news (0+ / 0-)

    General Franco is still dead.

    Sens. Lindsey Graham and James Inhofe will have their hissy fits.

    Help me to be the best Wavy Gravy I can muster

    by BOHICA on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:48:06 AM PST

  •  i talked to dick durbin's office (0+ / 0-)

    he said they would need some kind of super majority to get the fillibuster issue opened up again and that they "couldn't even get 50 votes" and that they "didn't even have all of the democrats" to vote on the fillibuster reform last month when a much smaller majority was needed to make the change happen.  aid said the chances of getting it reopened now are next to nil. i think we need some other ideas, like putting pressure on the hostage takers legislative offices...

    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job. -- Adlai E. Stevenson (GOTV)

    by marzook on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:48:39 AM PST

  •  Graham didn't give a shit (1+ / 0-)
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    about Bush/Cheney killing 4,500 Americans in Iraq...he didn't give a shit about Bush allowing 3,000 Americans to die in 9/11.  Now all of a sudden, he's concerned about dead Americans!

  •  Graham and Inhofe (1+ / 0-)
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    Easy to blame them of course; their behavior is infuriating. But in the end, they're just doing what contemporary Republicans do: acting like @$$holes.

    This is Reid's fault. It shouldn't be possible for these two idiots, two guys out of 100 senators, to block a cabinet appointment. But it is possible because Harry Reid's loyalty was to the tradition, to the institution of the Senate. Republicans have been abusing it for years, and apparently that's okay with Reid, since he trashed needed reforms. So here we are, status quo ante, because Graham and Inhofe don't trust the president personally, the results of the recent election and the fact that we're a democracy notwithstanding. Can't blame them, any more than we should be angry at a skunk for raising a stink.

    Go get 'em, Harry. Make another vainglorious public statement in the hope that we'll forget you caved when you should have led.

    The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

    by Korkenzieher on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:55:33 AM PST

  •  Seems they will try to block every major nominee (1+ / 0-)
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    Once the Senate Republicons got away with derailing Rice, they've been emboldened to try to pick the President's Cabinet for him.  They're taking the battle over Supreme Court appointments to a new and unacceptable realm - the President's own team. Ultimately (and especially without recess appointments), the Executive Branch could become as dysfunctional as the Congress... and maybe that's what the anti-government Repubs want.

  •  Unprincipled = Republican (1+ / 0-)
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    Remember, not so long ago: "the President is entitled to select his team"; "every nominee deserves an up or down vote"; etc., etc.

    Two sets of rules.  And republicans always get to make the rules.

    On the filibuster Harry Reed was/is an idiot, as are any Dem senators that would not support the rule change.  But I would offer this to Harry as way out: The nation is at war! With terrorists! Any republican who obstructs voting on nominees for the Sec of Defense and CIA is compromising our national security! At a time of WAR!

    Harry needs to call their bluff, and if they follow though with their hold, then change the damn Senate rules in the name of the good of the country.

  •  Hey Harry. There's some prime waterfront in Fla. (0+ / 0-)

    you can get from Rubio for a song. You seem like a shrewd judge of character. What about it? What could go wrong dealing with Republicans? They'll give you their word.

    "They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy. The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip."

    by TofG on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:04:27 AM PST

  •  I want Brennan to fail spectacularly (1+ / 0-)
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    He was toxic back in 2008 and he still is for the same reasons.

    Hate to say it, but the Republicans are doing us a favor here.

    You may think that. I couldn't possibly comment.-- Francis Urqhart

    by Johnny Q on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:06:23 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Harry Reid! (2+ / 0-)
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    I don't think we should NOT question appointments or vote against them, but holding them and not letting them go up or down impedes everything.

    Our government is broken in both the House and the Senate ... and I won't go on about the White House.  But I am sorely disappointed all the way around.

    I am so sad. My old hippie roots can't seem to bring up any little green shoots of hope, for the government or the directionof our country, at the moment.

    "Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. Liberty without thought is like a disturbed spirit." Kahlil Gibran, 'The Vision'

    by CorinaR on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:11:33 AM PST

  •  Have to hope rest of caucus will slap him down (0+ / 0-)

    Graham is such a whiny little piece of shit that you have to think the other whiny little pieces of shit are worried he is going to get them all called out. the votes will be there to end debate. If he choose to try to put an individual hold, it is very possible the whole card house will collapse.

    Personally, I'd like to hear Obama call him out by name tomorrow night. I'd also like to see him spanked on the Senate floor, admittedly.

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:12:34 AM PST

  •  Take THAT...see we still matter (0+ / 0-)

    There must be a poll somewhere that indicates that they will garner more votes just for obstructing regardless of reason.

  •  Gee, I'm so shocked (0+ / 0-)

    that the republicans would try to block everything. Good thing Reid took care of that filibuster issue.

  •  But Harry Reid's not going to disturb the (1+ / 0-)
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    "comity" and "collegiality" of the Senate. He's not the right person to enact any real reform - only window-dressing. If you're happy with window-dressing "reform" of the filibuster, fine - but if you want some real change, Spineless Harry's got to go.

    It really is that simple. Harry Reid has been given three opportunities for real reform of the filibuster after seeing how the GOP are abusing it - in 2009, 2011 and 2013. He's failed each time.

    Three strikes and you're out, Senator Reid.

    Call your (Democratic) Senator's office and urge them to oust Harry Reid as Majority Leader!

    "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

    by Australian2 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:33:57 AM PST

  •  To hell with Benghazi..What about Obama's grades! (2+ / 0-)
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    I want to know why the GOP isn't insisting that Obama releases his collage transcripts in exchange for them allowing a confirmation vote. After all, that's what the Teabggers really want to know!

  •  Wrong headline (1+ / 0-)
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    It should read something like this:
    "Senate D majority allows Rs to hold up nominations"

    It should read that way because Hagel and Inhofe don't actually have the power to hold up nominations against the will of the majority.  What they have is a privilege granted by Senate rules that could be changed by a simple majority vote at any time.  Any obstruction these two accomplish is done with the active support of every member of the  majority who refuses to exercise the power of the majority to accomplish the responsibility of the majority to see to it that the people's business is done.

    Now, the petition you cite at the end, that the D majority should reopen the question of filbuster "reform", is at least a step in the right direction.  But if it were serious, the petition would call for the end of the filibuster and the hold, not their "reform".  It wouldn't call for opening the question, it would call for closing the issue by ending the filibuster and hold forever.

    The states must be abolished.

    by gtomkins on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 11:56:09 AM PST

  •  I just called his office at the Capitol (0+ / 0-)

    202-224-3121 (I called John McCain too) to tell them to stop obstructing & get on with the work they were elected to perform. I hope the messages are passed on because I also stated that public office should not be used to work out personal issues like sexual identity (for Graham) and losing an election in '08 (for John McCain).

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