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  •  Why waste his time (1+ / 0-)
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    commonmass

    Just so you can feel that he's doing something - even if its ultimately just for show (since it would have no shot at passing the filibuster.)

    The government is majority Democrats - until Republicans start acting like that is the case, there is no point in even bothering to pretend that you are trying to get something done.

    If they are going to continue to obstruct then why even give them the chance to improve their conservative credentials by voting down a bill that raises taxes, etc.

    •  Reid did nothing about the filibuster because he (1+ / 0-)
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      zinger99

      did not want to interfere with the Senate's cush schedule, 2-3 days a week and not much to do on those days.....and $170,000 to boot.....let's not kid ourselves on why the Senate Dem's did not support the filibuster.  They are only a bit less corrupt than the republicans.

      •  Congress only works at Lawmaking 2-3 days/week (1+ / 0-)
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        lakehillsliberal

        The rest of the time, they're fundraising. The problem is especially acute for Representatives since they have a two-year election cycle.

        If you're a newly-elected House member, you literally have to be shilling for bucks the day after you get elected and you can never stop.

        Both parties have to do this, and successful Congress members have to "dial for dollars" or otherwise whore themselves to donors for hours each day.

    •  I disagree (0+ / 0-)

      That is a defeatist attitude, just like you describe "why even try?". If that's the case then go the hell home and stop taking  a check and stop whining like little children.

      And you point out something else. it IS majority Democrats and yet they act like they are powerless. They simply do NOT want to lead when it comes to tough issues. Again, at least the gop put something in writing and voted on it. The Dems are all talk. I think Democratic leadership (including the President) has been awful when it come to negotiating too. Dems have to realize as well that the gop needs a bone to chew on now and again to get something done. They have to remember half a loaf is better than nothing. The notion that we have to have complete control to get anything done is silly.

      •  Ignorance (0+ / 0-)

        The Democrats are NOT powerless, but when you are dealing with spoiled little brats who say NO to everything what do you do?  Please enlighten us.  I really want an answer.  Since you made such a big deal about it.  PROVE your nonsense.

        •  This is what they do (0+ / 0-)

          I'm guessing I am just not an experienced for life Senator with a trillion dollars and all the hours in the day to ponder these things. But:

          You forcefully set out your positions AFTER you have a strategy and the backing of your caucus.

          You engage the WH to pull in the opposition, cajole and even court them- good cop, bad cop.

          you find out where you can horse trade- I'll give you x you give me Y

          you put something on paper- so the public can see it and know you have a plan.

          You vote - to put your principles in stark relief to theirs.

          You don't whine and throw your hands in the air and proclaim- "well they wont do what we want" so whahahahaha.

          But again I'm not a millionaire Senator. But funny, Clinton had success with a GOP Senate. Bush had success with Dem chambers.

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