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    The Mets and the Yankees are New York baseball teams that play nearby each other. Suppose they made a deal that they would lend each other their big hitters on days when one team wasn't playing.

    Let's take an example of a Yankee, Alex Rodriguez, suiting up as a Met at Yankee stadium. If the Yankees approve and if Rodriguez approves is it OK for him to come up to bat? The Mets can argue that it is their stadium and they should be able to do what they want. They can also point out that other teams are equally able to make such agreements, although few have the situation of having another team so close by.

    If you're the Republicans in this story you're the Mets. You say, Rodriguez is here, he's in uniform, he wants to play, the Mets want him to play, the Mets fans want him to play, let the pitcher do with him as he can. The Democrats are the opponent team; their argument is that it doesn't matter that he's here and in a Mets uniform: the rules need to be followed. The rules are that a player can't play for two teams simultaneously.

    A judge comes up for a vote in the Senate by a process, in the same way a player joins a team and gets to come to bat. In closing, there is no such thing as an automatic "up or down vote" in the Senate. A vote in the Senate is a privilege, not a right, that is how it has been for 200+ years, and that is how it should stay.

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