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  •  I don't think that Boehner is totally wrong (0+ / 0-)

    about the Democrats having a strategy to destroy Republicans.  Ending or changing the filibuster would both remove an important cover employed by the Dems when they can't or don't want to get something done; and it would expose them to actually passing "stuff" that might risk his chances to maintain the majority in 2014.  That's not to say that the Republicans aren't totally responsible for their own self-inflicted wounds, but the filibuster is a valuable and all too tempting tool that keeps wounding the Republicans when they use it far more than it has hurt the Democrats, so far.  

    Reid is thinking about the next election and making the calculation that allowing the filibuster to remain in place as a tool for GOP gridlock will benefit his caucus.

    •  So wait, he's ensuring that Dems still can't (1+ / 0-)
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      get anything done, all so that he improve chances to maintain the majority in 2014, at which point still nothing gets done because GOP just continues to filibuster?  That's ridiculous.

      •  Not really. (0+ / 0-)

        Well, yes it is, but it isn't all that far-fetched - political gamesmanship brought us to a so-called "fiscal cliff" which was driven by Republicans, but manufactured on both sides of the aisle to be too clever by half.  Congress is a mess these days.

        •  Do you honestly believe the stuff... (2+ / 0-)
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          you're writing?

          •  LOL - (0+ / 0-)

            I just watched Sherrod Brown on Rachel Maddow talking about the filibuster reform and honestly, based on what he said about the internal Senate politics, yes I do.

            I think that it is interesting how many people who are pretty avid political watchers so often fail to recognize this important component of the politics - people who think they understand the internal world within these political bodies - especially ones as clubby and screwy as the Senate - and think that anything they do on either side of the aisle is straight-forward or makes sense from the perspective of an outsider.  That happens part of the time, but a lot of the time their kabuki is much more complicated and driven by sub-plots that we aren't privy to than most people understand.  Also, it isn't that the sub-plots or motivations for kabuki are that complicated or strange, but they aren't necessarily obvious to outsiders which is why sometimes people just do not understand why the fuck they decide to do one thing or another.

            My first rule of thumb is that if these Pols do something that makes no sense, look to what the political consultants are pushing and/or the next election to see why they think what ever they are doing might be seen as something that could work for them.  That's not very crazy, actually.  Its quite a normal parlor game in DC, as I think you are probably well aware.

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