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  •  Points of Optimism (1+ / 0-)

    First regarding revising the rules to require 41 Senators to start/sustain an filibuster is a positive alternative to the talking filibuster (although I would like both).  As I said in this Diary, of all the new rules I've heard of so far, this ones my favorite.  It would require that the minority stick together to maintain a filibuster.  If just a handful of Senators on the minority side can be picked off or simply get tired having to debate something they may not be enthusiastic about, debate would be limited.  The majority would not have to muster a single vote so they would be free of the burden of having to beg for 60 votes.  The reason I like this rule so much is that if you are going to filibuster a bill, it should be your burden to sustain it, not the majority's burden to end it.

    The other point of optimism is that Reid is apparently willing to use the Constitutional Option.  That must mean that we have at least 51 Dem. Senators willing to vote for these rules as Merkley is claiming.

    Stay Tuned, "Day One" is Tuesday the 22nd!

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 02:31:59 PM PST

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