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  •  You don't even need 18 -- just 10. (0+ / 0-)

    If the R's have a majority of 18, 10 defectors plus all the D's produces a majority.  But it might as well be 100 for all the chances of its happening -- Congresscritters aren't in the habit of committing political suicide.  

    •  The new house will be 234-201... (2+ / 0-)
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      SoCalSal, Sylv

      so with 218 needed for a majority, the 201 Democrats would have to be joined by 17 Republicans to pass a bill.

      I was off by one because I last looked at the margin before the final tight race was decided.

      And I think that if some Republicans do this now, 2 years is a long time politically, and things could change a lot by the next election.

      Hey, if we navigate the fiscal curb, get Obamacare (particularly the exchanges and Medicare cost controls) in place, and the recovery cycle of the economy continues, this country could be in pretty good shape by November 2014.

      And the only thing the wing-nut Republicans will be able to say about that is:

      'We didn't build that!'

      Cheers.

      Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

      by databob on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 09:47:33 AM PST

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