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  •  Actually, filibusters did happen when the talking (3+ / 0-)

    filibuster was in place, except that they happened on a far more limited basis.
      Generally speaking, differences would be solved in negotiations, but sometimes that became impossible, as in Civil Rights legislation.
       On those occasions, the minority would take to the floor and have to keep talking until one side or the other caved.
       In general, it was the less reasonable side that would give up because the filibusters would garner a great deal of public attention to the issue at hand.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:21:39 AM PST

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    •  That is what I said (2+ / 0-)
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      Quoting me "A real, talking filibuster is a very rare thing."  

      I wouldn't say something that happened very rarely (and usually to stop Civil Rights legislation) is a Senate "tradition," anymore than wearing a polka dot tie is a Senate tradition, even though it may have happened on more than a few dozen occasions over the last 100 years.

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