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  •  It's all kabuki anymore. (27+ / 0-)

    Anyone who expects rational government (I've given up on getting progressive policies out of these clowns) is just not paying attention.  Harry Reid didn't arm twist when he should have because he never wanted the political cover of the filibuster to leave.  

    If he couldn't hide behind the Republicans, he - and alot of Democrats in the Senate - would suddnely be faced with having to actually vote for bills that they pretend to support in order to get votes or admit that they never supported them in the first place.  

    Better to pretend that the Senate Majority Leader was powerless to influence members of his own caucus and then turn and shrug with a Very Serious sad face when the GOP do what they do.  What's truly sad is that people still fall for this shit.

    "If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people." -Tony Benn (-6.38,-6.36)

    by The Rational Hatter on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 05:42:55 PM PST

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    •  Interesting analysis (n/t) (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Yours is the only logical answer (4+ / 0-)
      If he couldn't hide behind the Republicans, he - and alot of Democrats in the Senate - would suddnely be faced with having to actually vote for bills that they pretend to support in order to get votes or admit that they never supported them in the first place.
      ....upstream, I wrote that
      Nobody wants to be in charge of an Empire in Decline
      ....my take is a bit more postmodern, but yours covers the realpolitik nicely.  Either way, we are not going to get the change we voted for from our representatives in DC.  It isn't going to come from the mainstream political parties as both have a vested interest in keeping the current order as is

      This space for rent -- Cheap!

      by jds1978 on Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 06:22:28 AM PST

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    •  I think you've nailed it. (3+ / 0-)
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      Republican obstructionism allows them to pretend to still have some progressive, Democratic principles -- because they know that the American people actually want them -- and allows them to pretend to want to actually represent their constituents ...

      ... because they know they won't actually have to stand behind those principles, or represent their constituents (because, in reality, they are just as bought-off as Republicans).

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