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  •  The 60-vote threshold (1+ / 0-)
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    wasn't the issue in forcing a "talking filibuster" such as Merkley et al proposed.  Lowering the threshold is a different matter, is it not?  Can have reform without lowering the threshold.

    Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

    by winsock on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 01:31:29 PM PST

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    •  The "talking filibuster" Was A Compromise! (2+ / 0-)
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      winsock, qofdisks

      Merkeley et al. realized that they couldn't get 51 votes to eliminate the filibuster -- or even lower the vote threshold to 55 votes as Sen. Harkin wanted. (It used to be 65 votes back in the 70's).

      So, he tried a "compromise" -- the talking filibuster.

      And Reid vetoed that idea, proposing to shift the burden to the minority (which I think is a better idea than the worthless "talking filibuster").

      But, it was all a smoke screen. He NEVER INTENDED to reform the filibuster. He just wanted to use the liberals push on this issue to force a few meaningless concessions from McConnell.

      Then of course, McConnell is gloating over how he rolled Harry Reid.

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