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  •  hell. yes. (5+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight, ozsea1, Loose Fur, koNko, KenBee

    FWIW i think he will.

    •  Senate won't be filibuster-proof (1+ / 0-)
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      unless Reid manages to change the rules. He got outsmarted last time.

      "Alcohol enables Congress to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning." - George Bernard Shaw

      by Loose Fur on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 01:56:02 AM PDT

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      •  And, much as I hate the filibuster, (2+ / 0-)
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        Nowhere Man, CrissieP

        I believe it would be too dangerous for Reid to change the rules.

        The Senate is so close now, the house is likely to remain in Tehadist control, and, in many ways, the only thing that has come between our nation and legislative Armegeddon has been the opportunity for Democrats to threaten a filibuster.

        If Reid were to change the rules when the Dems had, say, a 51-49 lead (counting two Ind's caucusing as D's), and something horrible were to happen - death of a Dem senator in a state with a Republican governor, for example, accompanied by just one defection - every destructive and anti-American Teapublican bill could sail through congress unimpeded.

        With the only thing left to stop the destruction of America being President Obama's veto pen, I think that's a bit too close for comfort. I'd rather our good bills be delayed or even stopped by Republican filibusters than their toxic, disasterous bills be able to sail through,

        "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

        by blue in NC on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 07:44:34 AM PDT

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      •  yup. changing the rules is key (2+ / 0-)
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        high uintas, skohayes

        not just for the filibuster, but also for secret holds and the like. the old system simply cannot function any longer.

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