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  •  It makes no sense. (15+ / 0-)

     Someone really needs to teach Democrats how to play Hardball.
       It'd be nice if things went in a nice friendly way, but the R's don't play that way, and we're just naive fools if we try to do that alone.

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

    by elwior on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:32:16 AM PST

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    •  I'm wondering if the problem is ... (6+ / 0-)

      ... Reid's supposed infatuation with bipartisanship, or (I think much more likely) problems of support within the Dem caucus. My money is actually on the latter.

      I'll bet Merkley-Udall hasn't won over enough Democratic votes, and Reid has reached 51 for his "constitutional" option only by agreeing to extend the olive branch and throw out the talking filibuster. We still just have too many go-along-to-get-along Dems in the Senate when it comes to hardball politicking.

      Frankly, I'll applaud Harry if he can get any meaningful reform pushed through. I don't think he'd be threatening the simple majority vote on this if he had better backing from his caucus. Likewise, if he really didn't want the reform himself, I'm pretty sure he would have shrugged the issue off as happened in 2011 - "Oh well, no 60 votes, no reform." I think he's serious this time.

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      "God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

      by dzog on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:55:13 AM PST

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