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  •  The nastiness (1+ / 0-)
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    Rick Aucoin

    started with those belittling the ones questioning why he was nominating two republicans. They were called misinformed know nothings for not knowing that  it was the "LAW" with no uncertainty.

    Simple requests for the "LAW" were ignored. I like TomP, but felt his responses were almost HR worthy.

    Your comments about the board and changes needed were right on. My question is what makes you think abiding by this tradition is going to create any appointment action? I believe we still have backlog of judges and no head of ATF

    •  It won't. (3+ / 0-)
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      rivercard, Villanova Rhodes, sviscusi

      We need a new Senate.  But appointing three Dems would make the whole mess worse.  Better to at least have appointees that have been sent to the Senate who are ready and able to serve; bear in mind that these folks keep their lives on hold as they wait for the Senate to vote - or not vote - and it's not fair to ask them to do that indefinitely.  So, we need to at least keep the nomination pool fresh in case all of a sudden it becomes possible to move nominees again.

      As a practical matter, we need 60 votes - and 60 real votes, not 59+Lieberman - to actually move this, particularly because Presidential silly season will start as soon as the next Congressional election ends.  If we get that in 2014, then we can do something with some of these issues.  If we don't?  We'll be even deeper into uncharted territory.  Some agencies will be able to stumble along without their appointed directors or executive boards for a long time, but agencies like the NLRB will eventually ground to a total halt.

      At some point, we'll have a large enough Democratic caucus to modify or eliminate the filibuster.  I've never believed that we had 50 votes for that, particularly among the older and more tradition-bound senators.  I think it's foolish to blame just Reid for that; his legacy is the one on the line here, I think he'd move it if he could, and I think that he can't.  But until then?  More silliness.  Ironically perhaps a 55-45 GOP Senate will eliminate it once they face Democratic opposition ;p.  At this point, I'm not sure I care who gets rid of it or how.  It's no way to run a country.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 09:51:42 PM PDT

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