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  •  If the Republicans ever regain control (2+ / 0-)
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    of the Senate, they will eliminate the filibuster on the very first day.

    The problem with political jokes is they get elected.

    by shoeless on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 09:35:10 AM PDT

    •  I'm not convinced that they will (1+ / 0-)
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      The recalcitrance in the Democratic caucus seems to be coming from older liberals with memories of what it is like to be part of a Senate minority.  If the Republicans ever gain control of the Senate, I can see some of them being reluctant to support filibuster reform because they think Obamacare would have been even worse for them if they didn't have the filibuster as a tool.  You'll probably see 80-90% percent of Senate Republicans pushing for eliminating the filibuster and a few hold-outs who might be enough to block them.

      •  Also, a dysfunctional Senate is what the R's want (0+ / 0-)

        They are the party of "small" government, remember. I'm sure they are quite willing to forego a couple of extremist judges in exchange for guarantees that the seneate will remain non-functional when the Democrats take it back.

        "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." - George Bernard Shaw

        by Drobin on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:12:29 AM PDT

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    •  They won't need to (2+ / 0-)
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      Because the Dems don't have enough spine to use it.

      Just one more thing to say - if you support "democracy," then you oppose the filibuster no matter who is in power, at all times, in all circumstances, not to mention opposing rules like (in CA) 2/3 vote to increase taxes, etc.

      Eli Stephens
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      by elishastephens on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 10:23:48 AM PDT

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