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  •  Um...Republicans had a chance to end filibusters. (0+ / 0-)

    And they didn't do it. And Democrats did filibuster a great deal of Bush's judicial nominees. The New York Times wrote eloquently in defense of their right to do so as well. And Bill Frist tried to get a deal together to kill filibusters.

    The first rule of government should be "Do no harm." The urge to act can frustrate the desire to help.

    by Common Cents on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 01:52:59 PM PST

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    •  The point is they didn't have to. (5+ / 0-)

      Because Democrats, as a general rule, don't filibuster. The only thing they did even attempt to filibuster (social security reform),  broke down from lack of support on the GOP side, not because the legislation was successfully filibustered.

      And no, almost 96% of Bush's nominees got a vote and were confirmed. Even when Dems had the majority in 2006. I think Obama is down at 40%.

      And the GOP did threaten to go nuclear and had every right to do so until Dems backed down and cleared the way for Bush to get what he wanted. Which he did.

    •  Frist was trying to get rid of it altogether, this (1+ / 0-)
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      was just trying to put the burden of the filibuster on the actual filibusters.

    •  They really didn't need to (1+ / 0-)
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      They got most of what they wanted without doing so. They got their wars, police state legislation, and many of their confirmations.

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

      by chuckvw on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:10:37 PM PST

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