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  •  Well, let's start with biggest obstacle (6+ / 0-)

    Why hasn't he called Harry Reid into his office and demanded he reform the filibuster, or he will be replaced as Senate Majority Leader? A lot of this president's agenda could have been enacted with simple majorities.

    I'm no philosopher, I am no poet, I'm just trying to help you out - Gomez (from the song Hamoa Beach)

    by jhecht on Thu May 02, 2013 at 02:02:56 PM PDT

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      Well, let's start with biggest obstacle (0+ / 0-)
      Why hasn't he called Harry Reid into his office and demanded he reform the filibuster,
      Perhaps he will and we can begin referring to Barack as 'Il Commandante'.

      Or, we could work harder on Congress and less hard on busting up the Democratic President.

      I see what you did there.

      by GoGoGoEverton on Thu May 02, 2013 at 02:12:23 PM PDT

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    •  I'm sure Reid would consider that a credible (5+ / 0-)

      threat.

      Last I checked, the President has no such power that would allow him to arm-twist Reid by threatening to replace him with someone else as majority leader.




      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Thu May 02, 2013 at 02:23:15 PM PDT

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      •  The president cannot replace him, but everyone (1+ / 0-)
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        with power needs something somewhere sometime from someone else in power. The president certainly has influence over Harry Reid in many ways. Harry wants bills signed. Harry has needs for his constituents. Harry wants recognition and invitations to dinners, etc.

        You get the picture.

        I think we all want progress for the Democratic agenda. It's just that we don't have clear supporters of the Democratic agenda who are in position as the leaders of the Democratic party.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Thu May 02, 2013 at 10:20:10 PM PDT

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    •  this is the one place I think (4+ / 0-)
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      some arm twisting could have worked - persuading Reid and Senate Dems to pass filibuster reform.  It wouldn't change the House but it would put some wind in the President's and in the Senate's sails.  Then the House would have to go on record with their obstructionist votes.

      I've been coming to DKos since May 2008 and I still don't have a sig line. Oh well.....

      by CrissieP on Thu May 02, 2013 at 03:31:39 PM PDT

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      •  Or we could get what we're getting (0+ / 0-)

        when the Republicans choose to filibuster a bill with 90% public support, a huge drop in approval ratings for the Senators that voted against it.  Maybe it being in place (while stuff is blocked anyway in the House) is not such a bad thing.

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