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  •  I see no reason (1+ / 0-)
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    for Democrats to provide any votes for Boehner on anything.

    If a bipartisan coalition emerges in the House, it should be under the leadership of a Democratic Speaker, ideally Nancy Pelosi.

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:55:49 AM PST

    •  That cannot happen until after the 2014 (3+ / 0-)
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      election. There is a country to govern between now and then.

      Further, affiant sayeth not.

      by Gary Norton on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:59:45 AM PST

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      •  Convince 17 or 18 Republicans to vote (0+ / 0-)

        for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker instead of John Boehner or any other Republican, and it will happen in two weeks.

        I don't know if those votes are there in the Republican caucus, but I do know the Tea Party is being increasingly exposed as utterly divorced from reality.  That's only 60-80 members, however, which leaves about 150 or are more moderate, and more generally sane, than the extremist wing of the party.

        As you say, we have a country to govern.  The Tea Party is making that task impossible, so a grand bargain to split the GOP becomes increasingly more likely.

        Let's go for it.  It's within reach.

        When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

        by litho on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:32:11 AM PST

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    •  The Democrats need to make it clear to Boehner (1+ / 0-)
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      That he cannot win if he keeps trying to win with only Republican votes. It does make sense for them to refuse to vote for anything he wants until he finally realizes how hopelessly foolish he is being.

      Hey, hey, NRA, how many kids did you kill today?

      by freelunch on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:19:49 AM PST

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