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  •  Because the flesh is weak. (3+ / 0-)
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    Noodles, argomd, JeffW
    Why couldn't the GOP routinely come up with 41 votes?
    If there are 45 Senators who want to continue the filibuster, and 5 of them leave the Senate chamber to use the washroom, or eat, or go to their offices to meet lobbyists, the majority calls for a vote and the ones doing the filibuster have only 40.  Thus ends the filibuster.  Wishy-washy Blue Dogs can abstain from voting and the filibuster still gets broken.  It's hard to keep 41 people continuously available in one place even if they have 49 people supporting the filibuster and rotate themselves in and out.  

    Renewable energy brings national global security.     

    by Calamity Jean on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:01:48 PM PST

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