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  •  If there's any merit to this idea, of course (15+ / 0-)

    we'll have to hurry -- because that vote is right around the corner.  Hey, what if we nominated someone without telling them we're going to do it?  Nah, better to play it straight.

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    by Seneca Doane on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 05:16:31 AM PST

    •  But nominating (Moore-C?) w/o advance consultation (2+ / 0-)
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      Nominating without consulting the nominee in advance would have the advantage of enabling the nominee to credibly deny having made any promises to obtain the nomination.

      Since any such promises would anyway be subordinated to continuing political calculations by the new speaker, perhaps obtaining such promises is less important than selecting somebody who visibly has incentives to promote sane compromises on bills needed to avoid economic suicide.

      Moore Capito might fit the bill, and be temptable, if my impression is correct that swing voters in West Virginia statewide seem to be socially rightwing Democratic voters, who are not as rightwing on many economic issues.

      •  WV also probably has fewer incomes at 250K-400K (3+ / 0-)

        than most states, and consequently would have fewer constituents who would be moved into the highest bracket by a threshold within this range.

        •  You make a strong case for SMC (0+ / 0-)

          I think that there's a strong case for IRL too, but I'm sorta tired.  Stayed up late writing this.  Some ideas rattling in one's brain just will not shut up.

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          by Seneca Doane on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 10:03:22 AM PST

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      •  You're right that a surprise offer to "help out" (0+ / 0-)

        the GOP with their internal problems in this way might work better in the sense you suggest.  It would look like a pretty damn huge concession and is not without risk.  But it would be really nice to have something like: "if 80% of the Democratic caucus wants a vote on this sort of critical economic legislation, get us the vote."

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        by Seneca Doane on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 10:02:16 AM PST

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      •  One other possibility: just let it leak that we (2+ / 0-)
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        are considering this, simply as a way to cut through the not, and see if anyone steps forward and hints that they'd like to be considered as the choice for Speaker!

        You know, we could make phone calls tomorrow to each Republican currently in office asking whether they'd take it if offered....

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        by Seneca Doane on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 10:20:12 AM PST

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    •  brilliant! (2+ / 0-)
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      Bob Love, Seneca Doane

      The exact same thought and the Willie Brown example crossed my mind too.

      Tough challenge to get even the few requisite R's behind it but worth a try.  Have you thought of sending a memo to Nancy Pelosi's office?  She would have to be the one to get behind this.

      •  This IS my memo to Nancy Pelosi's office! (1+ / 0-)
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        wilderness voice

        It's like the Bat Signal!  <Desperately looks for ASCII Bat signal, fails.>

        No, actually, even if I had the insider access, I don't think I'd use it on this.  If people had put it on the Rec List, Facebooked and tweeted it, great, but I will respect vox populi.  This close to the moment it would be hard to do anyway.  But if anyone else wants to send it to the Speaker's Office, you have the link!

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        by Seneca Doane on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:59:18 AM PST

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