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  •  I've been wondering if that could somehow be (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, TheDuckManCometh

    arranged.  The Republicans would be itching to show how she couldn't do any better than Boehner, but at least I think she'd be able to get things done.

    •  There is a way to force a bill to be voted on. (1+ / 0-)
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      coral

      If Pelosi can get 218 signatures to demand that a bill be voted on then Boehner would be checkmated, AIUI.

    •  Pelosi on house of representatives governance (1+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim

      She does have some proposals which she thinks could pass with 100 or so R votes and 120 D votes.  The theory is that really only about half of the R caucus is crazy.

      The problem is that we method of governing the house has gone from:

      1)   The speaker can make a deal that can pass with a majority of the members.

      2) Under Gingrich / Hastert  -- Nothing happens unless it has a majority of the majority

      3) Current -- A proposal must have enough votes to pass without any minority votes.

      If you make the simplifying assumption that all of members can be lined up on a scale from most conservative to most liberal:

      In case 1, a proposal can pass if it has the speaker's support, and is in the center of the entire house of representatives.

      In case 2, a proposal can pass if it has the speaker's support, and is (assuming roughly half D and half R) 3/4 of the way to the right.

      In case 3, a proposal can pass if it has the speaker's support, and the support of the most extreme member of the R caucus.

      Leader Pelosi is suggesting that perhaps Speaker Boehner can best meet his objective of servicing his nation and his constituents by moving back to case (1), and cobble together 218 votes roughly half on each side of the aisle.

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