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  •  Worse than how Congress was from '02-'06? (1+ / 0-)
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    MPociask

    Unlikely.

    My point is that the Democrats apparently have no intention of using the filibuster to defend themselves even if they technically have the right to do so.

    I like the idea of filibustering for a filibuster change but would need to ask KagroX if that's even possible, given that "the filibuster" isn't a piece of legislation.

    "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Thu May 23, 2013 at 02:39:01 PM PDT

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    •  It's not like Dems never used a filibuster (1+ / 0-)
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      Notreadytobenice

      They just reserved it for occasions such as the nominations of people such as Miguel Estrada and Charles Pickering to the judiciary.

      •  Not "never" (0+ / 0-)

        but even on the rare occasions they did use it, as with Kerry's attempt to filibuster Sam Alito, they provided a tepid effort without wholehearted support from the caucus. And, in fact, they did use it almost exclusively for nominations rather than for legislation.

        I'm just saying there's no point in pretending that the Democrats are going to use the power of the filibuster to hold the line against some insane Republican legislative overreach. They didn't before, and they won't the next time they're in the minority, unless something about the Democratic caucus changes a lot.

        "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri May 24, 2013 at 07:50:43 AM PDT

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