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  •  The Senate's VOTE-A-RAMA (4+ / 0-)
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    Here's my take (for what their worth):

    The Positive:

    It was good to see the Senate actually voting on things instead going from one deadlocked filibustered bill to the next.  There was a sense of legislative accomplishment in watching one after another amendment getting voted on or passed be unanimous consent, leading to final passage of a Senate Budget.  We got a few Republicans to vote against substituting the Ryan Budget, and almost all of them to vote for a Dem. "poison pill" amendment to prevent any cuts to medicare by replacing the current benefits with a Voucher system.  There was even an amendment by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders which passed by unanimous consent (I think it was on benefits to the children of US Soldiers), meaning Senators like Paul and Cruz actually agreed with Progressive stalwart Sanders (one of those rare occasions of Cats and Dogs sleeping together).

    Also, the closing speech by Minority Leader McConnell after the final vote took me by surprise.  He actually expressed that this was how the Senate is supposed to work.  I was stunned!  But then after receiving a post from David Waldman it was probably about being able to offer numerous (crappy) amendments, and not about bemoaning the use of the filibuster.

    The Negative:

    It was disappointing to see the Budget pass by only the slimmest of margins 50 to 49.  Four Dem. Senators actually voted against it.  WTF!

    Also, this is certainly not the Progressive Budget we would want if we had our way.  At best it is a Budget we could live with in the end.  But since it is the starting point of upcoming budget negotiations with the House (Ryan) Budget, any compromise result may be difficult to swallow.  

    "Some men see things as they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?"

    by Doctor Who on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 08:56:10 AM PDT

    •  I'm sure those senators got a pass. (2+ / 0-)
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      They are all up for reelection.

      It is a common thing in Washington.

      Hagan my senator is with the leadership when they need her and then they often let her pass when they don't.

      I'm hoping that when she has been reelected she will start to define herself a bit more.

      The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

      by NCJim on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:00:45 AM PDT

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      •  You can hate this. (2+ / 0-)
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        But it is pragmatic.

        And we do need to control the Senate more than we need to be pure.

        The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

        by NCJim on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:02:04 AM PDT

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      •  Yes, you have to be allowed to pretend you are (1+ / 0-)
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        something you're not.. right up until the day after election, at which point you are safe for 6 years.

      •  Hagan probably got the pass, but why vote no? (0+ / 0-)

        I'm starting to get nervous about Hagan's reelection.

        I think right lite will be a loser in 2014, like 2010.

        Hagan faced a weak opponent in Elizabeth Dole, in a good Democratic year ('08). We might get lucky if the R's nominate an extremist, but I'm not counting on that.

        Too many Democrats (starting with corpocrat senators and and expensive Beltway consultants) think the electorate is more conservative than it really is.  Putting the interests of that crowd first is a loser.

        Hagan should be a strong voice for working families. She should be for patients and nurses, not for insurance companies. She needs to stand strong for SS, Medicare and Medicaid. Instead, I fear she'll be all in for "Entitlement Reform" and other "Fix the Debt" austerity crap. She ought to be shouting from the rooftops that we need to pay down the deficit by putting people back to work, that we need to be building schools and a new grid.

        She should proudly support our neccessary social safety net, and be proud that it was woven by Democrats.

        If the R's have a good candidate, she'll do about as well as Erskine Bowles, Walter Dalton and Bev Perdue doing this feckless Blue Dog thing.

        •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

          As a NC voter who campaigned for Hagan in 2008, I can tell you there is little enthusiasm for her here.  She's been with the Republicans on far too many votes.  

          Too many purple state democrats think the route to reelection is to veer conservative in hopes of attracting 'moderate' republican voters.  Hagan is going to learn there aren't any of those and that she has failed to motivate the base she needs to get out the vote to get her reelected.

          Stand for what you believe in and believe in what you stand for.  That goes a long way for many voters.

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