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  •  What Have We Learned? (3+ / 0-)

    Putting aside the substance of the deal (good or bad), let's focus on the process by which the bill got passed.  There is a lesson to be learned in how it was done that  can serve as a guide in future stand-offs.

    First, the legislation we want needs to originate in the Senate, with the President's strong endorsement.  He needs to push for it in as many public appearances as possible.

    Second, with a reformed set of filibuster rules which make it harder for the minority to block bills and to make their blocking more visible (Talking Filibuster), we need to get the bills passed through the Senate near the last minute of an upcoming deadline.

    Third, we need to send it to the House at the very last minute without enough time for them to amend it and bounce it back to the Senate.  This will put House Republicans in a bind.  They will either have to cave and pass it as is, or blow the place up and get all the blame.

    There you have it.  Whether you like the Fiscal Cliff bill or not, you have to admit the process used to pass the bill worked well for our side and it does show a path forward for us in upcoming battles.

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:09:04 AM PST

    •  Ummm.. no. (0+ / 0-)

      No one has to admit the process worked well for our side until we see the results of the entire process, which includes the 60-day can kicking.

      Even if that isn't a complete bloodbath, no one has to admit it was the best alternative process, since we have no idea what would have happened if the Democrats had a single spine between them.

      When extra-terrestrial beings make their first appearance on our planet, and ask for representatives of our species to best exemplify humanity, I'm sending a nurse, a librarian, and a firefighter.

      by Wayward Son on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 09:16:11 AM PST

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