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  •  This issue is not easy for me. (0+ / 0-)

    I'm familiar with the truism "elections have consequences" (or at least they should). But how ironclad should that be?

    With not just Congress but SCOTUS and big media bought off, we would be nakedly helpless against some really bad stuff if Rs got a Senate majority. Our Constitutional protections are only as good as our willingness and ability to defend them. I wouldn't want to have to defend them with one less arrow in my quiver.

    liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

    by RockyMtnLib on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 10:32:47 AM PDT

    •  Historic context. (1+ / 0-)
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      Use of the filibuster exploded under Clinton, and mega-exploded under Obama. Check out the chart in this article: http://www.theatlantic.com/...

      I support reform more or less along the lines the diarist suggests: return the filibuster to its historic role as an exceptional remedy to be used rarely, not as the routine.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 12:13:14 PM PDT

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      •  Totally agree. Just until the obstructionists (0+ / 0-)

        lose their power (if they ever do), we need it at our disposal if they become the majority, unless of course it only takes simple majority vote to change Senate rules.

        liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

        by RockyMtnLib on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 07:03:57 PM PDT

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        •  Simple majority to change Senate rules, but... (0+ / 0-)

          ...only at the beginning of each new Congress, i.e., every other January.

          "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

          by HeyMikey on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 11:19:16 AM PDT

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