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  •  Anyone know where I can find a good video (4+ / 0-)
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    or chart that documents the Republican abuse of the filibuster?

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    by Jeff Y on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:21:37 PM PST

    •  Rachel Maddow Show has a good one (7+ / 0-)

      She usually uses it.  Perhaps you can contact her staff for a copy or link.

      It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

      by Pam from Calif on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:26:31 PM PST

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    •  I couldn't find the video of Rachel when she was.. (2+ / 0-)
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      ..having that contest to rename the filibuster. In it she had charts of the history of republican obstruction using the filibuster, but I found this.

      An overabundance of hypocrisy By Steve Benen - Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:41 AM EST

       Rachel and her crew totally bust McConnell here advocating senate rule changes

      But Ezra Klein has this chart:

      The history of the filibuster, in one graph going back to 1919

    •  Found it Rachel covers the republican filibuster.. (4+ / 0-)


       ..including Bill Frist (2005) and the "nuclear option" Mitch McConnell, Howard Dean  
      With a great article by Heather
      The Rachel Maddow Show: Filibuster, Abuse It and Lose It?

      Rachel Maddow points out the way the filibuster rule has been abused and how it looks like some Democrats are finally looking at putting an end to it. Howard Dean weighs in on whether the filibuster still has some merit and whether they should push to get rid of it or not. I agree with Dean that the Democrats need to start playing hardball. It worked with the Republicans finally letting a large number of President Obama's nominees get through when he threatened recess appointments if the Republicans continued to obstruct. Obama ‘wins showdown’ with Republicans as the Senate confirms 27 of his high-level nominees. I'd like to see more of this since the bullies obviously respond to nothing but being bullied back.
      Maddow: In the spring of 2005 Senate Republicans led by then Majority Leader Bill Frist, started talking about something called the nuclear option. The nuclear option was a put up or shut up ultimatum to Senate Democrats. Allow up or down votes on President Bush’s judicial nominees or else. Or else Republicans would kill the filibuster, or get rid of it. Well now the Republicans never really had to go nuclear because Democrats were very afraid of this threat. Some of them went into I’m afraid deal making mode at the time. Fourteen Senators, seven Republicans and seven Democrats then stuck a deal to allow President Bush’s judicial nominees to go forward.
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