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  •  So we have preserved the filibuster... (3.60)
    ...so the Repugs can use it the next time they are in the minority... As long as we promise not to use it to block these American Taliban nominees...  I would say Reid is the guy looking weak right now.
    •  Sadly, Reid's cards weren't great (none)
      He probably played the best hand he had...we weren't heading into this 50-50....

      I did not receive $ from Ketchum, U.S. Department of Ed or HHS to write this---though I wish I had.

      by Volvo Liberal on Mon May 23, 2005 at 05:21:47 PM PDT

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    •  No. (4.00)
      If we need to fight this fight, better that we do it in '06.  

      Sun Tzu and all that.

    •  Got that damned straight (4.00)
      Democrats just announced they're Frist's bitches.  I'm so fucking mad right now I can't see straight.  And I just finished reading a huge pile of shit about how I'm supposed to blindly support these spineless sacks of shit because I'm SOOOO much better of with them.

      Give me a detailed list:  How am I better off?  I really want to know.

      •  reality (4.00)
        Unfortunately, the GOP has 55 votes in the Senate.

        If you're so mad, do something about picking up some seats in 2006.  Getting Rick Santorum out of the Senate, etc, etc.

        But Harry Reid played the hand that he was dealt.  And it wasn't a great hand.

        Now, I agree with others... if Frist has 55 votes and he can't pass his agenda, he's the weak leader.

        •  Senate Judge vote (none)
          Your right, unfortunatly. We only had 45, they had 56 counting Mr. potty mouth. Sometimes you can only bluff so much with a busted flush.

          I Think Therefore I am Dangerous

        •  i agree: weak hand (none)
          and the deal buys us time we couldn't be sure ahead of time that we'd get.  If the vote had been forced, my gut tells me we would have walked away with nothing.  We didn't get everything we wanted, and if they ended up with more than we like Frist still walks away with less than he promised.

          It's not as good as I'd like, but more than I thought we'd get, and it does show that there are moderate Republicans who aren't (R-Stepford).

          Plus it's fun watching the freepers' heads explode with apoplexy; they absolutely cannot bear the thought of their leadership's extremist agenda being thwarted in any way, and most of them are simply beside themselves over it.

          So that's nice.

          I voted for Kerry and all I got was this stupid President.

          by grrtigger on Mon May 23, 2005 at 06:05:37 PM PDT

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      •  This Is What Happens (1.00)
        When you have an anti-choice gun nut as Senate Minority leader.  Reid never really cared about blocking these terrible judges anyway.

        Take Back the Democratic Party http://www.lawlessforcongress.com/

        by fedupnyc on Mon May 23, 2005 at 05:55:24 PM PDT

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