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  •  Oh, it's been around (9+ / 0-)

    for quite a while as an option. It's not last minute. They've been talking about it since the last time we had a big reform push.

    Making a senator round up 40 colleagues and make sure they're around all the time during a filibuster to keep it going is making them do hard work. Something they really don't want to have to do.

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 10:22:53 AM PST

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    •  I don't think the major issue is about them (2+ / 0-)
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      "doing work" though.

      Isn't it about forcing the opposition to own there position and make it transparent.  In my opinion, that is the "right" way to filibuster.

      In other words, to block the majority, the minority should deem the issue major enough to take to the public for extended debate, and attempt to change public opinion through a demonstration of action.

      I fully believe in the value of the filibuster.  But in the filibuster itself,  not the concept of "cloture votes".

      I suspect this is not going to have the anticipated effect.  But I HOPE against HOPE it is wrong!  I hope this does dissuade the minority from abusing the privilege of the filibuster.

      Look at it this way, during the Alito hearing, would you have wanted our side to talk, or keep taking votes?  

      The concept of the filibuster should be to get the message out to change opinion, not just block things.  And if it is important enough, talk until you can't talk anymore.

      I say both should be in there.  But, we shall see.

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      by justmy2 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:08:47 AM PST

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