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  •  Exactly. (4+ / 0-)
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    ferg, accumbens, DarkestHour, len chaitin

    The only reason Republicans are allowed to obstruct anything is because the Democratic caucus has allowed them to.  It's long past time for Harry Reid and the Democratic Senatorial caucus to realize that, to realize that Republicans will renege on their promises and go nuclear.

    Plus, it is supremely hypocritical to bash the Republicans for obstructionism while completely ignoring the "Democrats" who actively aid and abet Republican obstructionism.  It's a disgusting example of the "It's okay if you're a Democrat" attitude.  

    •  Why is your first impulse to attack those within (4+ / 0-)
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      jan4insight, Lujane, worldlotus, CwV

      the party?  To get people mad at other Democrats?  I know they deserve it, but strategically speaking, those who carry water for the Republicans chickened out because the right wing applied pressure.  Don't attack the puppets first, attack the puppet masters.

      •  Response (7+ / 0-)

        On my first point: Again, if Democrats would actually grow a spine and go nuclear, we wouldn't even be having this conversation.  Instead, they have put themselves and us in the position to be obstructed time and time again.  It's sort of like the fable of the frog and the scorpion.  Instead of yelling at the scorpion to quit stinging, how about the frog having the sense not to put itself in the position to get stung, especially after the same scenario has played out time and time again.  

        On my second point:  We have to clean our own house first.  For one thing, having "Democrats" side with the Republicans only serves to give the Republicans bipartisan cover, allowing them to say "See, not even all Democrats supported it.  So, it must be something really out there."  Second, as I said earlier, it makes you look really hypocritical to bash the Republicans while turning a blind eye to or even excusing the very same actions from Democrats.  

      •  Because at any time they can end it. (5+ / 0-)

        The Democrats don't have to play along. There are many options open to them, from going nuclear to forcing them to defend their votes on the record, that they could use but don't.

        They (really, Reid) keep making gentleman's agreements with monsters, and at this point it's clear to me that it's collusion rather than incompetence.

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