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  •  Negotiations (4.00)
    I have negotiated contracts since 1977 and it is clear that there are usually more recriminations from one's own supporters after a deal is announced than from the other side. This is a perfect example. Those of you complaining about how much was given away have no idea how much we really had to bargain with in the first place.

    The filibuster is still in place and with it a rare example of bipartisan compromise. Do you naysayers really not see what a blow this is to the far right? They hate moderation way more than they hate Democrats - and they're going to have a much tougher time nominating a cracker for the Supreme Court. This is one of the first defeats for Bush - and when I say Bush I mean Cheney.

    Canada - where a pack of smokes is ten bucks and a heart transplant is free.

    by dpc on Mon May 23, 2005 at 05:52:29 PM PDT

    •  Exactly (none)
      I think you've got it exactly.  I was in negotiations on the Hill on legislation for years, and only those in the room know what their strengths and weakness are.  I too think this is the best Reid could have done, and that he played it right.

      I also don't think it's a guarantee that Brown, at least, will be confirmed - she is so extreme, I think it's quite possible she'll go down.

    •  Someone once said (none)
      The only good compromise is one which leaves everyone leave the table unhappy.

      Yeah? At least YOUR Congressional District has elected a Democrat sometime in the last 124 years. (TN-1)

      by FleetAdmiralJ on Mon May 23, 2005 at 06:00:29 PM PDT

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