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  •  This is exactly (9+ / 0-)

    the point I made on the phone with her office.

    I love Warren, but at this point, it's a sternly-worded letter. When she and her colleagues put an end to this madness, then and only then do they get praise and votes and money and time.
    They reiterated her "strong opposition" to cuts and tra-la-la. I said, look, at some point this stuff may come up for a vote. Up or down. And she'll be hearing from Obama and Harry Reid to vote yes. And the votes will be the test. Nothing else matters.

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 09:12:41 AM PDT

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    •  I'm as skeptical as anyone, but (3+ / 0-)
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      I would bet money Warren would never vote for chained CPI. She ran here as a full-throated liberal against the toughest competition she could face in MA, and she won pretty handily in the end.

      Unless she's so ambitious for whatever the leadership can give her that she's willing to risk losing her next election - which seems like an awfully dumb risk to take - she's safe.

      Now Mo Cowan is a wildcard - no way to tell how he'll vote.

      Want a progressive global warming novel, not a right wing rant? Go to www.edwardgtalbot.com and check out New World Orders

      by eparrot on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 09:54:16 AM PDT

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      •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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        Warren's not up until 2018 and I don't see a lot of upside in Mass. voting for this kind of thing. By her public upbraiding of various individuals at hearings, it appears she's not following the "go along to get along" model so prized by most 80-year-old Senators.

        Cowan, to me, seems much more likely to go along and that's why I would have preferred someone like Barney Frank for the five months.

        I don't know that this particular budget ever gets before the Senate with the cuts in it, but it's likely that at some point in the next four years there will be a vote on Chained CPI. And when it comes I hope Warren and (with any luck) Ed Markey will hold the line.

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 10:13:45 AM PDT

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        •  Barney Frank would have rocked (0+ / 0-)

          He's too much of a corporate dem for my taste, but for five months he would have been a serious net positive.

          I can't imagine Ed Markey voting for chained CPI, either, but I confess I have less of a feel for him.

          Want a progressive global warming novel, not a right wing rant? Go to www.edwardgtalbot.com and check out New World Orders

          by eparrot on Wed Apr 10, 2013 at 06:44:46 PM PDT

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