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  •  I have done a few. (1+ / 0-)
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    I did do one at Netroots Nation a few years back, in Las Vegas.

    It's almost impossible to predict exactly what they'll do and by what mechanism they'll do it, but Harry Reid sure seems determined to see something done.

    I guess if we go with history as the guide, we'll see some preliminary sparring, then some vote counting, and if it looks like there are 50+ votes to get things done, you may start seeing some deal-making that ends up resulting in an agreement not to filibuster an agreed-upon package of rules changes, in the hopes that they'll minimize any precedent setting with respect to procedure.

    It seems like there's actually pretty broad openness to making the motion to proceed and the conference motions non-debatable. And I wouldn't be surprised to see agreement around the "talking filibuster," either. I guess if I were into helping Republicans strategize, I'd say they should jump out of the way of these reforms, let them go through, and bank all the work reformers have been doing in support of the constitutional option so that they can threaten the same the next time they win the majority.

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