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  •  Could Tom Harkins reform ideas by what Durbin.. (3+ / 0-)
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    Jim Domenico, elwior, FistJab

    ..is referring to?:

    After Harry bailed on real reform he said something to Ezra Klein that sounded like he has more up his sleeve:
     wonkblog - Posted by Ezra Klein on January 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    This is after Harry Reid admitted that:
     

    “I’m not personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold,”
    And after the deal Reid/McConnell deal was struck on January 24
    Ezra dug in a bit:
     
    I [Ezra] asked Reid whether he really thought the filibuster could survive in a Senate where, in truth, the majority leader, alongside 49 other senators and the vice president, could change any rule they wanted.
     “The only way we’ll get rid of the filibuster is if it continues to be abused,” he said. “Hopefully, what we’ll do here will stop some of the abuse, but what will happen if the minority continues to abuse the rules is we won’t get rid of the filibuster, but we’ll go to something like what [Sen. Tom] Harkin has pushed, where one vote is at 57, and then another vote is at 55.” - emphasis added
    Okay "continue to be abused" is a joke at this point and this statement could is also be more BS but then what does Reid mean by this reference to using Tom Harkins idea if the obstruction continues? A future plan if republicans continue abuse?
     But if it is real: Tom Harkins ideas would eliminate the 60 vote threshold and take it back to a simple majority.

    Probably not anything to this, but just wanted to put it out there for people who know about parliamentary procedure and who might have ideas on this

    •  asdf (8+ / 0-)
      “I’m not personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold,”
      I am personally at the stage where I would like to see a real Democrat as majority leader.
    •  Or Dems could remind Mitch McConnell of his own.. (3+ / 0-)
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      ..stance on rule changes and filibustering appointments:

      Mitch McConnell Supported Filibuster Reform in 2005 To Boost Republican Judges
      December 04, 2012 08:00 AM

      As Senate whip, McConnell was a key player in the GOP’s 2005 effort to change the filibuster rules using — you guessed it — 51 votes. As he said at the time, “This is not the first time a minority of Senators has upset a Senate tradition or practice, and the current Senate majority intends to do what the majority in the Senate has often done–use its constitutional authority under article I, section 5, to reform Senate procedure by a simple majority vote.
      And after reminding McConnell. Change the rules and don't wait for a new session. Do. It. Now.

      crooks & Liars

      •  It wouldn't matter (0+ / 0-)

        Presented with the above evidence, McConnell would argue that the footage was faked amnd that he never, ever, said what he's on tape saying.

        And then the wingnuts would erupt in fauxtrage again!!

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