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I haven't seen this diaried and I didn't see Meet the Press.  If this story is true, then as expected Harry Reid is backing off from changing the filibuster rules, specifically to make it apply only for regulatory, but not judicial, nominees:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday pushed forward with his effort to change Senate rules as part of a Democratic effort to limit Republican opposition to Obama administration nominees for regulatory office.


“We’re not touching judges,” Reid said.

Of course, this spineless Senator would find a way to limit reform as much as possible.  After all, why fill the many seats on federal courts or, god forbid, pass some legislation.  But, I'm sure some will say, "Well, it's better than nothing."  Well, I'm sick of always getting only less than what's satisfying.  So, another less than half-ass measure brought to you by the Dems.  I am completely fed up with this lot of invertebrates.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 04:41:35 PM PDT

  •  harry reid needs67votes to change/sox (4+ / 0-)

    Don Benedetto was murdered.-IgnazioSilone(BreadAndWine)

    by renzo capetti on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 04:48:12 PM PDT

  •  i thought this was always that plan n/t (5+ / 0-)
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    elwior, corvo, PhilJD, Aspe4, FG
  •  What if the Republicans have been living up to (0+ / 0-)

    their end of the bargain they made with Harry on judges?
    I'm guessing that's why they aren't being included this time around.

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 04:54:44 PM PDT

  •  Does anybody still believe a word (9+ / 0-)

    that Harry Reid says about reforming the filibuster?

    After the nothingburger we'll agree to do nothing deal, that he swore up and down for the entire 2012 campaign that he would never, ever cut as a handshake deal, especially over the filibuster, was then made with a handshake deal with Mitch McConnell as soon as the election was over?

    I mean, Jesus, the guy pretty much has about as much credibility on making changes to the filibuster as Dick Morris does on election results or Karl Rove on having "the" math.

    He's my senior Senator, and one of the ways that I stay sane is by just ignoring most everything he says and judging him entirely on what he actually does. Which, often, is nothing.

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 05:00:37 PM PDT

    •  Good news (4+ / 0-)
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      fou, corvo, Patango, daveygodigaditch

      the odds of him running for re-election in 2016 dim by the day.

      He's been acting like a guy who is on a retirement tour to the locals since the 2012 election.

      The bad news is that, unless our AG  Catherine Cortez Masto runs for his seat, this probably means pathetic Joe Heck, or somebody just like him, joins useless and pathetic Dean Heller in the US Senate as the most useless twin Republicans in the US Senate. BlunderTwin powers... activate. We have a wonderful candidate in our Democratic AG, and not much else for a Democratic bench, so it depends on her coin flip between the Governor's mansion and Reid's seat. If the Dems can keep control of the part-time legislature, and Sandoval shoots for the wingnut moon, she'd get more done in Carson City.

      Governor Catherine Cortez Masto has a nice ring to it.

      The Nevada Democratic Party was Harry Reid and Reid loyalists, and cannon fodder who wished they were, when he's gone, it's going to suck here for a bit as the Democratic Party here will have to find a clue and be its own organization. Rory Reid's epic fail bid for Governor, which he was supposed to hold down until daddy quit and opened up Jr.'s promotion to daddy's old job, has kind of signaled the end of line for the Reid having a dynasty in Nevada.

      But we will be better off down the line.

      Harry Reid had a handshake deal, kind of funny how Harry loves them handshake deals, with John Ensign never to really support the Democratic Senatorial candidate against him, and poor Jack Carter got hung out to dry. That put a real hurting on non-Reid loyalists stepping up to the plate. Why get hung out to dry and humiliated.

      When Harry Reid is gone, that stops.

      People like Masto will have the ability to rise above the ceiling of having Reid and his loyalists being the gatekeepers of what is possible in Democratic politics.

      I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

      by LeftHandedMan on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 05:19:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Harry needs to go... (3+ / 0-)
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    He and Nancy are not up to this new threat from the right.

    They are playing by the old rules. Screw that, time to get mean and nasty. Fight for goodness sakes!

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 05:22:51 PM PDT

  •  accumbens - it's always been about executive (4+ / 0-)

    appointments and never included judges. For this round of negotiations with the GOP it has always had a narrow focus, executive office appointments only. It's Reid's attempt to end run his former stance that all Senate rule changes require 67 votes and that anything short of that is "illegal".  

    I will still be surprised if it happens.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 05:33:24 PM PDT

    •  I obviously didn't know that. I didn't see any (1+ / 0-)
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      mention about it being limited in the stories I've read recently.  Figures, though, that he'd talk about reform in general terms when meaning only for regulatory appointments.  It actually makes this whole thing even more depressing that there's all this anguish for such a limited rule change.  And I'll be surprised too if it happens, which would also be especially disappointing given how limited the application would be.

      The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

      by accumbens on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 05:42:43 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  SHOCKED!!! (2+ / 0-)
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    corvo, Aspe4

    No one could have foreseen a cave by Reid.

    Mr. Universe is a known degenerate Robotophile, and his sources include former Browncoat Traitors. What is their agenda in leaking top secret information about the Reavers and endangering us all?

    by JesseCW on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 05:36:17 PM PDT

  •  Reid backing off? (4+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW, OldSoldier99, corvo, Aspe4

    Who could have possibly foreseen that?

  •  For Reid... (0+ / 0-)

    this was never about enacting filibuster rule changes.  It was, and partially still is, about using the Nuclear Option threat to get Republicans to let some of President Obama's nominees through Senate confirmation.

    Even if he is backing off on Judicial nominees, we still need to see if he will fully cave or whether he will get McConnell to blink on the non-Judicial nominees.  If McConnell decides to hold firm, Reid will either have to make good on his threat.  Although the more likely outcome will be that McConnell will let some nominees go through in a deal to avoid any rule changes.

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 06:16:58 PM PDT

  •  That's always been the plan. Exec nominations (3+ / 0-)

    but not judges.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 06:25:08 PM PDT

  •  Notice (0+ / 0-)

    in 1012 he was lying his ass off saying he was going to reform the filibuster , while raking in the campaign donations , now it is 2013 , and he does not want to do a thing but sit on his hands

    This really helps to kill momentum for the next election imo , who want to vote for a bunch of door mat dems now?

    It sure makes for a better chance at a GOP House and dem senate split again  

    Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

    by Patango on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 07:55:02 PM PDT

  •  And someone's surprised? (0+ / 0-)

    Anyone? Anyone?

    <looks around>

    Didn't think so. This was Reid's last chance - no Democratic promises of "reform" or "improvement" of the dysfunctional Senate can be believed so long as this spineless toad remains the Democratic leader in the Senate.

    Harry Reid is not part of the solution: Harry Reid is part of the problem.

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

    by Australian2 on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 03:32:39 AM PDT

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