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View Diary: Four reasons to feel proud of, and excited by, the filibuster reform fight (274 comments)

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  •  Have no fear---the forever optimist is here. (0+ / 0-)

    The Repukes are presently taking hits from all sides. Not even popular with other Repukes. Boehner already caved twice just this month. The House can pass all the anti-abortion and repeal Obamacare they want, and it will go nowhere. McConnell has to run in 2014 and he no longer has "defeat Obama" as his primary goal. The public is looking for action on lots of issues and aren't in the mood for nonsense (see: Boehner cave). Perhaps by not totally emasculating the Repukes, and considering the current mood of the populace, we can accomplish more with these limited reforms. If we had control of the House (or even the possibility of taking the House in 2014), getting rid of the filibuster would have allowed Obama's agenda to get passed easily. Without the House, and with pissed off Repuke senators, getting Merkley/Udall/Harkin passed may have put us in a worse position than we've been.

    And the most important part, nothing will happen in our favor without our continued involvement. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to memorize your rep's and senators' phone numbers. VIGILANCE!!

    •  Mighty convoluted HappyinNM. (0+ / 0-)
      •  Convoluted: Extremely complex and difficult to (0+ / 0-)

        follow. Okay. So I'll break it down.

        1. Even with the filibuster reform offered by Merkley/Udall, we still have a Repuke House. And with gerrymandering, we probably won't win the House in 2014.

        2. The public is on our side, causing Boehner to back down.

        3. The public is on our side, and McConnell has to run in 2014, so has to appear to be working for his constituents.

        4. The Merkley/Udall reforms pissed off the Repukes, making them less likely to be agreeable, even if they agree.

        5. By limiting the filibuster reform to doing away with the most egregious rules, it at least speeds up the process. (think: secret holds, or just holds)

        6. Comity. Much more can be accomplished during a cease-fire.

        7. Nothing can get done in either house if we, the people, don't constantly push. And that's the case, with or without filibuster reform (Merkley/Udall style). Especially since we don't have control of the House.

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