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  •  That's what struck me about this (7+ / 0-)

    diary--Reid's comments showed no understanding (and, no, all of you "we have to do something" "awww, no pony?" "realist" "adults", I am not expecting miracles nor do I have any experience myself) of how politics can work even when legislation fails.
    His job may consist mainly of passing legislation, but a lot of his job is also to attempt to convince others of the righteousness of his system of beliefs--to lead voters to the conclusions about their lives and society that they might never reach on their own. In other words, to talk about things in a way that changes the conversation to a point where what was once unimaginable or impossible becomes not just plausible but desirable and necessary. This is what transformative politicians are supposed to do, after all, and while not everyone needs to (or can) be one, fighting for what one thinks is right should be fairly standard issue operation for a freaking Senator, for Jebus's sake.

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:38:17 AM PST

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    •  "We don't have the votes" appears to (4+ / 0-)
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      be a bi-partisan response to any bills which might cost the congresscritters, i.e., Joe Manchin's latest bob and weave.

      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 08:54:08 AM PST

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    •  bryduck - Reid, a long time gun rights champion, (0+ / 0-)

      does not support an assault weapons ban. I am not sure you want him to "convince others of the righteousness of his system of beliefs".

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:17:41 AM PST

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    •  It won't be just senators from the south (0+ / 0-)

      opposing it. Lots of senators from the West and some upper Midwest states where hunting is popular --Wisconsin, Michigan -- will oppose it.

      Throw in some senators from a few other Teabagger states such as Kansas and the Dakotas, and you've got a strong opposition. It's going to be tough.  

      When atlatls are outlawed, only outlaws will have atlatls.

      by wheeldog on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:19:41 AM PST

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