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  •  Bankrupcy (2+ / 0-)
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    The filibuster is the Dem leadership's tool for making excuses about why they can't pass decent legislation or represent the American people, despite having a majority for going on seven years now. When they had a filibuster proof majority, they still did a terrible job and did not represent the people.  

    This is about the only explanation that makes any sense. They don't have the courage of their (or any) convictions, so they find it convenient to hide behind "it's all their fault for filibustering!"

    •  Also see the "rotating villain" theory (6+ / 0-)

      (assuming that you haven't seen it already).  We've been on to them for a long time.  Well most of us have.

      This is Greenwald in Feb. 2010, but this topic has been discussed and written about many times.  There are variations on the theme.  This is one of them and I think it's where the "villain rotation" meme was created.

      The Democratic Party’s deceitful game
      They are willing to bravely support any progressive bill as long as there's no chance it can pass

      The primary tactic in this game is Villain Rotation.  They always have a handful of Democratic Senators announce that they will be the ones to deviate this time from the ostensible party position and impede success, but the designated Villain constantly shifts, so the Party itself can claim it supports these measures while an always-changing handful of their members invariably prevent it.  One minute, it’s Jay Rockefeller as the Prime Villain leading the way in protecting Bush surveillance programs and demanding telecom immunity; the next minute, it’s Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer joining hands and “breaking with their party” to ensure Michael Mukasey’s confirmation as Attorney General; then it’s Big Bad Joe Lieberman single-handedly blocking Medicare expansion; then it’s Blanche Lincoln and Jim Webb joining with Lindsey Graham to support the de-funding of civilian trials for Terrorists; and now that they can’t blame Lieberman or Ben Nelson any longer on health care (since they don’t need 60 votes), Jay Rockefeller voluntarily returns to the Villain Role, stepping up to put an end to the pretend-movement among Senate Democrats to enact the public option via reconciliation.

      This has even made it to the urban dictionary:
      rotating villain

      In American democracy, when the majority party has enough votes to pass populist legislation, party leaders designate a scapegoat who will refuse to vote with the party thereby killing the legislation. The opposition is otherwise inexplicable and typically comes from someone who is safe or not up for re-election. This allows for maximum diffusion of responsibility.
      WTF??? Senator Lieberman now opposes the same health care compromise he himself suggested. Just when everyone thought Democrats had enough votes to get this done. Guess they made Lieberman the rotating villain...

      And you'll find plenty more over the last few years if you google "rotating villain" or "villain rotation".

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Thu May 09, 2013 at 09:06:21 AM PDT

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      •  It allows a Dem to campaign (2+ / 0-)
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        Hey, I voted for the __ bill, but the GOP blocked it. But I did the right thing and voted for ____bill.

        Oh yeah I think the filibuster should be reformed too.....

        .................expect us......................... FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Thu May 09, 2013 at 09:15:02 AM PDT

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      •  I didn't know there was an actual term for it (1+ / 0-)
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        though I've long suspected and occasionally voiced my suspicion of such shenanigans occurring.  Preservation of the good ole congress-critters club.

        Often I've reflected upon what it would be like to have a President like the fictional Prime Minister Harry Perkins in the 1988 British mini-series A Very British Coup.

        But that would require, literally, a coup here in the US and would really give the right wingers and NRA something to be nervous about.

        "Jeder nach seinen Fähigkeiten, jedem nach seinen Bedürfnissen!" oder "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"

        by drpmeade on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:15:10 AM PDT

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        •  I haven't seen that one (0+ / 0-)

          and I tend to love British mini-series, as does my fiance who turned me on to them.  I'll tell him about that one. Thanks.

          "Justice is a commodity"

          by joanneleon on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:28:02 AM PDT

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