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  •  Talking filibusters don't change anything... (3+ / 0-)
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    corwin, Aquarius40, markmatson

    41 votes to keep filibuster going is much bigger deal than a talking filibuster.  

    Talking filibuster just gives nutters like Rand Paul the platform he craves with the rest of the Senators having to sit there and listen.  

    Also I suspect it's an age issue - funny how these folks would gladly vote to raise our retirement age to 70 but that's another issue.  You are going to have 70, 80 yr olds have to stand and talk for hours, it would be unseemly.  It wouldn't be like Mr. Smith, but some old timer rambling on.  I think a talking filibuster would dissuade some legit filibusters.    

    "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 10:22:42 AM PST

    •  Totally disagree... (3+ / 0-)
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      Nick Lento, akmk, grayday101

      the talking filibuster is not about the result...that is going to be generally the same regardless which side is supposed to show up.

      The talking filibuster is about ownership.  Create meaningful transparency for obstruction.  Ensure the minority is forced to spotlight that reason for overriding majority rule.

      This is good in my opinion.  Even when Dems have to do it.

      A boring floor vote will not achieve the goal of forcing transparency, as the media will not be forced to cover it.

      Why would we not want Rand Paul to speak and show his insanity. (See Wayne La Pierre if you don't believe me).

      Sunshine is the best disinfectant.  This goes halfway, but is not the most effective my humble opinion...

      "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

      by justmy2 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:29:16 AM PST

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