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    improvement over the next 4 years. If we move aggressively, the D's can reap the electoral benefits for years to come.
    Step # 1 is a major revamping of the filibuster rules. Merkley's proposal is a good place to start. We need to start pressuring our Senators to make the Senate functional again.
    Step #2 make a tough proposal re: the "cliff" & let the House R's oppose us. Defense cuts & short term across the board tax increases won't be the end of the world. Eventually the R's will blink.
    Step #3, re-take the House.
    Step #4 more money for a progressive energy program, infrastructure, education, health care reforms, & serious financial regulations. We can also make some make much  needed election reforms
    ps The day may come when we need to wage a fight to keep another Bork off the SCOTUS. Let's not lose the filibuster completely, just seriously reduce its scope & ease of use.

    Warren is neither a Clintonesque triangulator nor an Obamaesque conciliator. She is a throwback to a more combative progressive tradition, and her candidacy is a test of whether that approach can still appeal to voters.-J. Toobin "New Yorker"

    by chuck utzman on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 11:20:20 AM PST

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