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  •  Except they won't be reading the phone book...it (1+ / 0-)
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    will be a lie filled BS session made ready and scripted for the tv cameras.

    •  A week or two's worth of talking makes the phone (0+ / 0-)

      book a welcome respite... it would happen faster with terrible policy.

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      by k9disc on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 12:10:49 PM PST

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    •  I mean, could you imagine them going on and on (0+ / 0-)

      about tax breaks for 3rd homes and stuff?

      Extolling the virtues of Fracking, for instance, or on cutting medicare...

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      by k9disc on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 12:12:55 PM PST

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      •  Ok but you don't understand....they can talk about (0+ / 0-)

        anything.  They don't have to stick to the bill at hand or even the topic.....they can speak about whatever they want.  

        And they will.  

        •  Imagine giving Ted Cruz the new bagger favorite (0+ / 0-)

          from Texas, "Open Mic Night" on the Senate floor and in front of 24/7 CSPAN cameras to talk about whatever his Bagger mind can dream up!

          Yeah, that would be fun.

        •  Let them talk. They're friggin' bonkers! (0+ / 0-)

          Just call them Saboteurs over and over and give them the podium.

          I can't imagine a better tactic to expose them as nutters.

          And of course, a Democratic filibuster could be awesome political theater as well. Get the Progressive caucus together and let them educate the public and push that overton window back to the left a bit.

          The key to the filibuster is that it is, at heart, political theatre, and it should be played as such.

          You would think that there would be PR firms all over this. It's a great money maker.

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          by k9disc on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 12:32:59 PM PST

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          •  Yep (0+ / 0-)
            The key to the filibuster is that it is, at heart, political theatre, and it should be played as such.
            And this is exactly what would happen....except it would be their side using it as they will be the ones who are filibustering.

              Rush and Hannity fill up 8 hours a day of drivel and likely have scripts to hand out to anyone who needs to use them.  It would be free media for the taking.  They can lie, talk about whatever they want and no one can shut them up.

          •  Yep (0+ / 0-)
            The key to the filibuster is that it is, at heart, political theatre, and it should be played as such.
            This is exactly what would happen....except it will be their side doing it as they are the ones filibustering.  

            Rush and Hannity fill up 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with complete drivel and likely have scripts to hand out to anyone who needs to use them.  It would be another source of free media.....and no one can shut them up.

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