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  •  That's a legitimate concern (3+ / 0-)
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    KingofSpades, dc1000, WisJohn

    It wasn't so long ago (2005) when the GOP was pushing for a "nuclear option" which would have eliminated most filibusters of judicial nominees, and which could have been easily translated to legislation; the temptation to have Dick Cheney come over and, as presiding officer, dictate an end to debate whenever things got sticky would probably have been too great.

    And that was when the GOP had the presidency and Senate, by a 55-45 margin (same as Dems today).  Such a situation could recur and if filibusters and other extensive delaying tactics were abolished could leave Senate Democrats without too much more power than House minority members.

    I agree that the Senate isn't supposed to require 60 votes to confirm the Undersecretary of Agriculture or amend a natural resources bill, but I think Reid is right to be concerned about establishing precedents that could hurt badly with a change in majority control.

    37, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

    by Mike in MD on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:25:35 AM PST

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    •  the GOP doesn't care about precedents (3+ / 0-)
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      Bharat, BeloitDem, MichaelNY

      logical consistency or basic fairness. Just like they're proud of holding onto the house by gerrymandering and are seriously considering stacking the electoral college in their favor, they will do everything in their power to push their agenda through. If/when the GOP takes over the Senate again, the filibuster will be gone. It would have been better to reform it now (or better: 2009) before the GOP does it for us.

      •  probably (0+ / 0-)

        They wouldn't do it if Dems controlled the House. An R Senate/D House is unlikely before the next round of redistricting, though.

        SSP poster. 43, new CA-6, -0.25/-3.90

        by sacman701 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:57:05 AM PST

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