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  •  This session of Congress needs to be Harry Reid's (10+ / 0-)

    last as Leader of the Democratic Caucus.
      His capitulation on filibuster reform ought to be taken as a sign that his time is almost up.

      I would propose that the job go to a woman senator. If you look to the House for precedent you'd find Nancy Pelosi to be the best Democratic Leader since Tip O'Neil.
       I'd go with Cantwell or Boxer in terms of experience and force of will. Or perhaps Patty Murray, who is already part of the leadership group.

      And for second-in-command, I'd choose that Senator from New York, Kirsten Gillibrand!

       When the Party finds itself backing down and groveling while enjoying a comfortable majority, a top-to-bottom change in leadership is in order.
     

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 01:37:54 PM PST

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    •  He's been pretty ineffective for almost his (2+ / 0-)
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      entire leadership. You have to wonder if that isn't the Village dems want him.

      Perpetual crisis means never having to say you're sorry.

      by chuckvw on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:04:11 PM PST

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    •  Harry Reed's reexhibit (2+ / 0-)
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      When president Obama initially presented his Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the Senate, Harry Reid (Reed, cause a reed has no strenth to remain upright under the slightest pressure) was footdragging and "shining" for the Republican obstructionists citing all sorts of "vote counting" problems. The Harry Reed slow down and lack of aggression on the ACA in conjuction with the same group of Dem cohorts (Durban, etc) resulted in the loss of single payer and many other beneficial features. Mumbles Reed however was only to happy to have Obama campaign for him in Nevada when he wound up on the losing end of his re-election polls in the last election. Obama's campaigning re-vitalized his campaign and gave him the winning edge and it seemed like things had warmed up between Obama and Reed.

      However, with his recent actions on filibuster reform it appears that Reed is back to his old tricks of "winking and nodding" to the Republicans while mumbling excuses which the rest of the Dems in his Caucus are perfectly willing to accept as gospel.

      What  we need is a Senate Democratic Caucus count for just how many Dem Senators are willing to support the president on his second term. With the Reed action we can now expect at least 2 years of frozen gridlock on everything except the naming of Post Office buildings, and we can expect NO MORE OBAMA APPOINTMENTS or judicial appointments WHAT_SO_EVER. The Democratic party owes such an honest survey to its faithful foot soldiers out here in the field. It is the least that they should do in the aftermath of this disgusting capitulation by Harry Reed.  

    •  Nader Said Long Ago: "One Party...Two-Suits". (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm aware Ralphy isn't a favorite at Daily Kos, but everyday, it's become clearer to me. It remains a lesser of two-evils choice, because third party choices are ultimately suicidal.

    •  Tip O'neil gave us the SS reform (1+ / 0-)
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      that is one of St. Ronny's claims to fame among his disciples.
      Nancy is the best, at least since I started following politics closely.

      Severely Socialist

      by ichibon on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:25:47 PM PST

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