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  •  If you're a Pragmatist then Kill the Hastert Rule (8+ / 0-)

    With extreme prejudice  

    As the Elites Come Together to Rise Above to Find a Third Way to do Rude things to the 99%

    by JML9999 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:53:47 AM PST

    •  Maybe Boehner already has (3+ / 0-)
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      JML9999, ferg, tari

      for the benefit of the cowards.

      It also may help protect their majority. In marginally safe districts, a cowardly GOP member may be able to get re-elected if voters see Congress as functional while he is able to fend off a primary challenge by casting "no" votes on things that need to pass. If he votes "yes" and loses a primary to an extreme wingnut, the primary winner may be a general election loser.

      •  But they still have to own up to (0+ / 0-)

        their votes for Boehner as speaker.

        Wingnuts aren't that stupid.

      •  Thanks to redistrcting (0+ / 0-)

        No matter how most of them vote, they're safe as long as they can make it through a primary for the next 10 years. Boehner's not stupid, and he knows that if the House GOP continues to just say no to everything, all of his low hanging fruit will be gone in 2014, and he doesnt have a lot of room to spare to keep his gavel. He has to do something to improve people's perceptions of congress.

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