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Looks like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell finally found an issue to run on:

Screen shot of McConnell campaign tweet showing Harry Reid's tombstone with epitaph "Killed the Senate"
Classy, eh? Note that it is coming from his campaign. A Senate aide emailed Ezra Klein, speculating that McConnell actually wanted Harry Reid to go nuclear, so that then "He can throw his hands up and say, well, they nuked us, so I can’t stop their nominations, and he can spend more time raising money." Guess he proved that theory right. He's not even waiting for Reid to actually go nuclear to start raising money.

Meanwhile, he's trying to pretend that the caucus he leads is anxious to come to some kind of agreement with Reid. Unbelievable. Knock yourself out, Mitch. Meanwhile, President Obama and the Senate Democrats can maybe get back to doing what the public wants: governing.

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  •  kind of like (12+ / 0-)

    Killed the Voting Rights Act?

    My heroes have the heart to live the life I want to live.

    by JLFinch on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 05:33:57 PM PDT

  •  Killed the old senate (13+ / 0-)

    but saved democracy. I kind of like the sound of that.

    What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

    by TerryDarc on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 05:38:59 PM PDT

    •  You may like the sound... but (2+ / 0-)
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      Patango, BadKitties

      Reid's previous behavior makes me doubt that he is really serious about reform and I doubt that all of the Dems will vote for it either.

      Reid keeps showing up for a gun fight with a knife, talks about "gentleman's agreements", and then whines about they lied and their "obstructionism."

      Too many Dems whine about GOP obstructionism while stuffing lobbyist cash in their pockets! The repugs give them cover.

      I've called my reps, signed the petitions and I'll keep badgering them but I really don't think it will do any good. I'm sick of the kabuki dance.

      •  I don't CARE whether Harry Red is serious or not! (3+ / 0-)
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        Eric Nelson, Patango, elphie

        I care about an undemocratic load (filibuster) is loaded upon an undemocratic body, the senate.

        It's preposterous to have a minority of a minority determining policy in the US. The senate was set up as an undemocratic body but the gobstoppingly, mind-numbing assault on our government. The more of that crap that is lifted from our government, the better.

        I'm willing to accept that future Republicans will abuse the lack of filibuster in some future for the permanent increase of democracy in our country.

        Screw the filibuster but Harry Reid is a weak vessel for our hopes.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

        by TerryDarc on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 06:55:54 PM PDT

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  •  These guys are becoming so brazen, (4+ / 0-)

    that it should be a piece of cake for motivated centrists and the left to get out and vote.  Where is the outrage over the mean obstructionism of the right?

  •  So what's he got in store for Alison Grimes? (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    I mean, that's where much of his attack machine will be spending its efforts on...

  •  unbelievable (10+ / 0-)

    The only thing more unbelievable than McConnell actually keeping an agreement is Harry Reid actually taking action on the filibuster.

  •  Throw them all out. (3+ / 0-)

    My 19 month old niece can get more stuff done than these fools.

  •  That's really suggestive. (2+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, Matt Z

    Killed the Senate is like an epitaph, Harry's name is on the tombstone. Really horrible.

    That is really bad taste. The Senate is becoming like bar full of futbol hooligans.

  •  Classy. (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    Methinks someone needs to get a little visit from the Secret Service.

  •  More like damage control. (1+ / 0-)
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    voicemail

    From Klein's blog:

    But if you’re McConnell…wouldn’t you want Reid to nuke you? It helps you raise money with the base, it means you don’t have to negotiate these nominations that your base doesn’t like, and it leaves the door wide open to nuke us back – and worse – if they take over.
    McConnell won't have any problem raising money in any case - it's his specialty. Not having to negotiate nominations is a retreat.

    The most depressing part of the whole thing is, if the repubs take over McConnell is going to nuke us back - and worse no matter what Reid does now.  Anyone who thinks McConnell has any institutional morals is living on some other planet.

    •  Most McConnell would get is 51-49... (1+ / 0-)
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      ferg

      And if it was 50-50 VP Biden would probably love to have his bit of a swansong in the Senate breaking all the ties.  

      And Pres Obama can veto anything coming out of there, but his last two years would suck hard if McConnell had a majority.  

      And then come 2016 the Dems easily take it back probably ending up with 54-55 seats.  

      Key would be to get Schweitzer to run in Montana.  His running likely locks down the State for a Dem hold and makes it almost impossible for the GOP to take over the Senate.  

      If you're not talking about what billionaire hedgefund bankster Peter G. Peterson is up to you're having the wrong conversations.

      by Jacoby Jonze on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 05:59:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  And if the GOP stays where it is (2+ / 0-)
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        Patango, Calamity Jean

        or gets crazier, it is going to cough up Richard Mourdocks and Todd Akins all over the place and will not have an opportunity to take over the Senate.

        Remember, based on the map, they were virtually certain to assume control last year because we had so many seats to defend and no shot at winning in places like, ahem, Indiana.

        They just make our opportunities for us!

        Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it. http://www.edfitzgeraldforohio.com/

        by anastasia p on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 07:31:08 PM PDT

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  •  i got yer (0+ / 0-)

    team itch

    rat cheer.

    @Hugh: There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution. * Addington's perpwalk? TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 05:51:57 PM PDT

  •  Do they think filibuster is "Checks and Balances"? (2+ / 0-)
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    ferg, Calamity Jean

    'Cause it's not. I wonder how "Strict Constructionists / Strict Constitutionalists" types ever wrapped their head around it.

    It's called a confirmation, not an approval or a ratification. It's to determine if the person is constitutionally qualified, not whether or not they'll necessarily do the job liberally or conservatively or even if they'll do it correctly. If they screw up accidentally or intentionally, there's a process for getting rid of them. It's called impeachment.

    It's balanced. It's a check. It's not meant to be a blank check and it's certainly not intended to be a "checkmate".

    -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

    by JPax on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 05:52:04 PM PDT

    •  McConnell/republicans are no longer "advising.. (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      ..and consenting" the actual person during the confirmation process.

      Like this:

      It's to determine if the person is constitutionally qualified, not..
      The republicans are blocking the various parts of government they don't want to exist: The NLRB, the CFPB,

       Dept of energy. Any govt. agency that has regulatory say so over corporations. The GOP wants gone

      Also the Dept of Education is on their list just for good measure

      ALL of President Obama's judicial appointments too, in wait for a future republicans to pack the courts.

      This is actually un-constitutional use of the filibuster. The GOP is allowed to push back against appointments but not to abolish various govt agencies.

      But republucans are doing just that.

  •  I thought the turtle had come to an agreement (5+ / 0-)

    on filibusters a couple of times already.

    Remember when the shrub was nominating truly awful people for Supreme Court and all the Rethugs said in the Senate was   "Upperdown vote. upperdownvote. upperdownvoteupperdownvote"?

    Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by maybeeso in michigan on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 05:54:42 PM PDT

  •  "Killed the Senate" and who would notice? (4+ / 0-)

    The Senate has less relevance than the British House of Lords--but there they get to wear those sexy wigs.

    /Snark

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 05:55:35 PM PDT

  •  Of course they're eager (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    to come to an agreement with today's Dems and leaders, they may never have such supine "opposition" again.  Anything they can get carved in stone now, they'll bring the chisel.

    "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" ~Dr. Samuel Johnson

    by ActivistGuy on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 05:58:00 PM PDT

  •  Goals:Reform the fillibuster and hold the Senate. (4+ / 0-)

    I'm not one who believes Republican control of the Senate is imminent and inevitable.

    There is also nothing keeping us from changing our approach to mid-term cycles. We should still expect-not hope-to win every cycle.

    That they did not do better in 2012 ought to be a sign to the Democratic Party that our present chance to keep the Senate is much better than recent history would suggest.

    The politicians may be bought, and the system corrupt, but it is our duty to fix these things.

    by sebastianguy99 on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 05:59:23 PM PDT

  •  Mitch doesn't have to worry (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, Calamity Jean

    Reid's on the job.

    (Which, of course, is the problem)

    Surprise me, Harry.

  •  That's it, I've made up my mind. (3+ / 0-)

    I am not going to be voting for McConnell when his term is up.

    Seriously though, do the republicans always have to go with this type of rhetoric as their very first attempt at discourse?

    And that's without pointing out that republicans should be happy about this since it would help reduce big government right?

    I don't know. I can't even keep track of what they are currently claiming to be anymore. I just assume its the exact opposite of whatever any democrat said recently.

    "Trust not the words of a poet, as he is born to seduce. Yet for poetry to seize the heart, it must ring with the chimes of truth."

    by kamrom on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 06:01:24 PM PDT

  •  WH seems to be in on this play... (0+ / 0-)

    Because Pres Obama nominated two wholly uncontroversial judges to the DC Court of Appeals bench, nominated Gina McCarthy who served under Romney in Mass and Rell in Ct - both Repub Governors, and CFPB Head Cordray, where there are Repubs on record saying they have nothing against his qualifications, but they want to chance the whole law and will hold his comfirmation hostage to get what they want legislatively.  

    I expect any push back by Reid and the WH to highlight these facts and focus GOP Senate obstruction.  

    If you're not talking about what billionaire hedgefund bankster Peter G. Peterson is up to you're having the wrong conversations.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 06:04:10 PM PDT

    •  Agreed more serious. Not sure what you mean by .. (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      .. "WH in on this play" unless you mean that the WH has identified that McConnell/republicans are no longer "advising and consenting" the actual person during the confirmation process.

       The republicans are blocking the various parts of government they don't want to exist: The NLRB, the CFPB, Dept of energy. Any govt. agency that has regulatory say so over corporations. The GOP wants gone

      Also the Dept of Education is on their list just for good measure

      This is actually bordering on, if not un-constitutional  use of the filibuster. The GOP is allowed to push back against appointments but not to abolish various govt agencies.

      But republucans are doing just that.

      And yes:

      I expect any push back by Reid and the WH to highlight these facts and focus GOP Senate obstruction.
      This recognition (if I'm right about it) by the WH that it's the various agencies and not the nominees themselves being targeted has me thinking that a much more serious effort will be made to stop the obstruction.
      •  it is also shutting down the courts , (0+ / 0-)

        and making them all GOP winger , the lack of outrage to this point is dumbfounding

        The dems AND OBAMA should have put a hammer to this from day one , and let the USSC put any pieces together the GOP wanted to litigate

        The GOP does not go by the polite antique RULES of the senate anymore , for the idiot dems to stand around crying  and pout about getting their jack and balls stolen makes them look even less effective than the do nothing GOP House

        Who wants to vote that into office for 6 more years?

        Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

        by Patango on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 11:11:03 PM PDT

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  •  It might be a hail marry strategy for (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    McConnell, or he might get a boost from having some new victim-hood status.

    How hip are KY voters about Congressional gridlock in general?

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 06:07:20 PM PDT

  •  Hey, at least (0+ / 0-)

    he didn't put 1939 - 2014.

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 06:29:02 PM PDT

  •  Why is it Harry Reid's birthyear... (0+ / 0-)

    on there? The Senate wasn't born in 1939.

    "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

    by JackND on Thu Jul 11, 2013 at 08:01:05 PM PDT

  •  I'd tell Mitch to (3+ / 0-)
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    Patango, barkingcat, Calamity Jean

    blow it out his ass.  I'd whip 51 votes for a talking filibuster.  Start passing jobs bills.  Let the House ignore them, then hang them for it in the next election cycle.

  •  The trouble is.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    Reid is very sensitive to what Republicans say about him.

    The modern Democrat is one who promotes old GOP ideas and calls them progressive in comparison to new GOP ideas.

    by masswaster on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 03:56:25 AM PDT

  •  a real patriot ? (0+ / 0-)

    Does five years of - if we cannot win everyone loses- qualify him for reelection?

  •  If Harry Reid (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    Goes nuclear, then he'd be the man who saved the Senate

    “The Republicans believe in the minimum wage — the more the minimum, the better.”-Harry S Truman

    by Generic Democrat on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 06:27:55 AM PDT

  •  The Rest of the World (0+ / 0-)

    The rest of the world is confounded by the existence of the filibuster. In every other democracy, issues are settled by a vote where 50% plus 1 wins.

    The possibility of tyranny by the majority exists, yes. But when the majority is determined in a free and fair election, they have the right to enact legislation -- perhaps limited, morally, by the statements they made in their election campaign. If they campaigned on it, and won, they have the right to enact it, unimpeded.

    Just bear in mind that Republicans will have the same right if they are an elected majority in the future. All in all, I think that's fair.

  •  Kentuckians elected Rand Paul didn't they. (0+ / 0-)

    McConnell will get reelected once, but if the GOP regains control of the Senate, he will not get elected again because the state will be starving to death without Medicaid and food stamps.

  •  Desparate Team Mitch (1+ / 0-)
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    a gilas girl

    Not much to add to what has been said here except that doesn't the Team Mitch logo look curiously like a Kentucky-headed Gargoyle? No offense KY, we love you and hope to have a Democratic or at least non-Mitch republican representing you in the Senate. The man so richly deserves retirement!

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