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  •  I guess everyone is a flip-flopper (4+ / 0-)
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    glorificus, Cali Scribe, Marjmar, MPociask

    In 2005, I posted a Diary which I think was on the Rec. list at the time (it was my first time to achieve that honor).  

    I discussed a segment on Countdown wherein Keith highlighted the hypocrisy of Focus on the Family.

    In 2005 FOF was strenuously opposed to the filibuster, however, in 1993, when the group wanted Republicans to use it to block an openly gay man (James Hormel) from becoming ambassador to Luxembourg. FOF loved the filibuster.

    Even though I was pissed at the republicans in 2005 re: the nuclear/constitutional option, I totally support Reid's proposal.  The circumstances at this point in time are vastly different from those in 2005.

    381 filibusters in two years, 'nuf said.

    It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

    by lawstudent922 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 01:12:08 PM PST

    •  You mean (5+ / 0-)
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      Vatexia, mike101, sethtriggs, bdop4, MPociask

      381 threatened filibusters, expressed as cloture votes. No actual filibusters were carried out, because the majority saw fit to capitulate and move on to other legislation. Lily Ledbetter Act a prime example:

      Republicans unanimously filibustered Democratic-led legislation aimed at closing the pay gap between women and men. The measure would beef up protections for women who sue employers for gender-based wage discrimination or discuss pay with their co-workers — and the GOP blocked it just as it did in late 2010 when the Paycheck Fairness Act last came up.

      The cloture motion went down 52-47 — short of the 60 votes needed to proceed.

      There's no rule that says the bill has to be tabled because you can't get a cloture vote. Reid decided to prioritize expediency, which makes him an enabler to the President's opponents, and I am restraining myself to the kindest possible descriptive terminology.

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