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  •  Well... Yes and No. (0+ / 0-)

    I say "yes and no" because while I think it was short-sighted not to reform the filibuster, I'm a lot madder at the Democrats like Baucus and Pryor who voted against this, and the Republicans and Democrats who said they'd vote for it and didn't.  After all, these measures would've passed the filibuster easily if those folks had voted as they said they would.  

    I know Kos has a personal dislike of Schumer and Feinstein and wants to blame everything he can on them, but the truth is that they have been fighting for this cause a good deal longer than he has.  

    Also, the case that the filibuster should be reformed cautiously, since the Democrats will eventually be out of power again, isn't a totally illegitimate one.  

    Personally, I would reform the filibuster by requiring it to be, well, a filibuster; I would require the Senator who wants to do it to stand in the well of the Senate and read out of the Manhattan telephone book, just like in the old days.  As many Kos readers probably know, that's not the way it works nowadays, when Senators just tell Reid they're going to filibuster and he holds up the legislation at their behest.  

    "Optimism is better than despair." --Jack Layton, the late Canadian MP, liberal, and Christian.

    by lungfish on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 04:29:59 PM PDT

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