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  •  What sort of leverage do you think (1+ / 0-)
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    akmk

    he has over the holdouts?  Reid's demonstrated that he can play hardball.  From what I can gather, the holdouts are quite safe and aren't worried about being primaried. How do you whip the truly entrenched when they can't get beyond the past and feel they have little to lose?

    •  Outing. Committee assignments next time. ... (2+ / 0-)
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      akmk, grayday101

      Scheduling bills for action, or not-right-away-because-we're-so-busy. Perqs and bennies of the Senate. Boondoggles. Select assignments that will come about during the term. Hell, anything a Senator wants going forward that the MJ can influence. And the Senatorial Campaign Committee does have some things to say about support during reelection campaigns. (Heaven forfend it be used in any way but the most supportive!)

      Every leader has leverage. I had a boss once who put forth his proposal - a quite radical one for the business. Then he listened very tolerantly to the views of others, though with increasingly visible impatience. At the end of a meeting, his customary time to sum the action items up, he reiterated what he wanted to do and told us: "If people won't change, we have to change the people."

      While Majority Leader Harry Reid can't change the people themselves, he can exercise a leader's leverage ... and I'm confident that the majority of his majority would support him. He won't be deposed in mid stream; there aren't enough votes.

      (And No, I don't think Harry Reid plays hardball. I believe he plays active/passive ball and ducks the toughest ones.)

      2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

      by TRPChicago on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:15:33 AM PST

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