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  •  House Republicans looked at the Senate (1+ / 0-)
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    and saw that their colleagues could defeat almost any bill they wanted with the filibuster rule. Unable to actually change House rules to require a supermajority they still found an extralegal way to reach the same result.

    The Hastert Rule is just the House version of the filibuster, a backhanded way of making a supermajority necessary to legislate. Essentially they'll do whatever it takes - gerrymandering, voter suppression, automatic filibusters, Hastert Rule - to make sure that the minority governs this country.

    •  I hadn't thought of the Hastert Rule (0+ / 0-)

      as a de-facto filibuster, but there's some logic in what you are saying.

      I agree completely that the GOP will structure their environment to rule from minority status as long as possible.  I want it to all come crashing down, and for them to go extinct as a political party. A new conservative party?  I can tolerate that.  But let the current GOP collapse.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 04:04:58 PM PDT

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