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  •  agreed (2+ / 0-)
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    codairem, Chaoslillith

    this hope that forcing the GOP to filibuster physically and that that in turn would lead to unflattering media coverage and public outrage forcing the filibusterers to stand down is just ridiculous, in this day and age, having seen the press utterly fail to report on all manner of GOP skullduggery that would sink them if reported.

    end the filibuster. dems don't use it anyways, and the GOP uses it to excess. bring the senate to a simple majority, and end this madness where the minority runs the chamber.

    •  Well... it's a gain and a loss (0+ / 0-)

      As much as the filibuster has blocked good legislation and turned the federal courts and executive branch into skeleton crews waiting for appointments, the filibuster has been helpful for the Democrats.

      I certainly wouldn't have enjoyed a Supreme Court that seated some of Bush's nominees-- my mind boggles at the concept of judges worse than Roberts and Alito. ANWR was also protected by a Democratic filibuster in 2005.

      The Democrats don't pull a filibuster unless it's absolutely the last possible chance on something pretty crucial. That they still have used it means that it does have a use. It's worth the loss of a potential tool to make the Senate into a democratic body again.

    •  Your Theory Does Not Survive Collision With Facts (0+ / 0-)
      having seen the press utterly fail to report on all manner of GOP skullduggery that would sink them if reported
      Yeah, that's why nobody who wasn't there at the time heard what Akin or Mourdoch said.

      Oh. Wait. That's not what happened at all.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:11:24 AM PST

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