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  •  There needs to be serious reform (4+ / 0-)

    of the presidential appointment process in general, but the Senate won't do it.  There are dozens of empty positions.

    One way would be to eliminate the filibuster for presidential appointments or put some time limit on the length of debate.  But they won't do that either. =(

    •  Yeah, that's a hard thing to get through when (2+ / 0-)
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      jdsnebraska, Villanova Rhodes

      the Senate considers itself so tradition-bound and when so few Senate seats are ever seriously contestable.  The problem runs very deep, and because in general the Democratic party is a broader coalition than the GOP, it's one that's going to disproportionately hurt us until eventually it gets bad enough that something has to be done about it.  And it's certainly bad now, but without people banging down the doors of senators in all parties, I don't see how we get there.

      Ironically, filibuster reform is a big thing for the party faithful of whoever is in power, but the old guard of both parties rarely want to rock the boat and the opposition - whoever the opposition is - accurately views the filibuster as its only power, albeit a crude and blunt one.  That kind of situation does not lend itself to a coalition.

      "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 10:00:20 PM PDT

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