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  •  Does Reid have the votes? (0+ / 0-)

    What concerns me about the delay is that the real reason for it may be that Reid can't round up 51 votes for anything, even with the Vice President in the chair.

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by jg6544 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:18:43 AM PST

    •  He wants a negotiated deal - it's better optics (0+ / 0-)

      and gives McConnell and the GOP no reason to grandstand and rant and rave about the Dems blowing up comity of the Senate in a power grab.  

      Which is why he's holding the minority having to supply 41 votes over McConnell's head - that's a pretty big hammer Reid is threatening to get McConnell to agree to the lesser changes.  If the GOP agrees to negotiated deal than it's a non-news story, if they balk and Reid needs 51 Dem votes and the constitutional option it becomes a big news story and gives the GOP reason to use whatever weapon they are left with to obstruct and filibuster everything in protest.  

      "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

      by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:26:53 AM PST

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