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  •  Nor Leahy nor Reed (10+ / 0-)

    They also come from states that went over 60% for Obama (and even higher for them in their last time out).

    I get not wanting the tables turned if the GOP takes the Senate, but a change that preserves a filibuster while eliminating filibuster abuse should have their support.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 07:17:30 AM PST

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    •  The fear that this would take away (6+ / 0-)

      Democrats ability to filibuster should the Republicans regain control of the Senate is ridiculous.  These rules are set every new Congress.  If the Republicans were to win control, does anyone seriously think that their first order of business on day 1 wouldn't be to eliminate the filibuster for the minority?

      The only way the filibuster will survive in the future is to have two parties that are committed to democratic rule.  It's imperative to change these rules now because of all the judicial appointments and new cabinet posts needing confirmation by the Senate, as well as potential Supreme Court justices.

      Oddly enough, Republicans pretty much doomed the filibuster by abusing it so egregiously.  They also lied and broke their promise to Reid during the 112th Congress, when they said they wouldn't use the filibuster to stop judicial appointments.  Maybe my viewpoint is different than others here, but I'd just as soon see the filibuster eliminated permanently.  That's why we have elections and majority rule.

      "There are times when even normal men must spit in their hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats." - H.L. Mencken

      by rwgate on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:49:10 AM PST

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      •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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        I don't think it needs to be eliminated completely, though I do think the GOP might do it if they recapture the Senate some day. A day hopefully long after 2015.

        I still can't believe Reid believed them for a minute when they "promised" not to abuse it. Abuse is in the eye of the beholder, in their eyes they're doing nothing wrong, just standing up for "freedom" (aka top 1% not paying minimal taxes and no social legislation)

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 03:09:00 PM PST

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