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  •  over 400 Repub filibusters is a success for Dems? (1+ / 0-)
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    The filibuster's use has exploded to an unprecedented degree: Lyndon Johnson, he noted, had to overcome a single filibuster in his six years as majority leader; Reid, in the same amount of time, has faced more than 400.
    So now we're going to get 8 or 9 nominees that won't get filibustered and we should declare a victory?

    If this is winning, I'd really hate to see what losing looks like.

    •  We won a skirmish (1+ / 0-)
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      Now we can return to the battle. We should be happy over the bits we won, and resolute over the rest. Nobody has proposed that we lay down arms.

      Early in the Civil War Major General Benjamin Butler rejected claims from Confederate slaveowners that he should return their slaves under the Fugitive Slave Act. He replied that he took them at their word that the slaves were their property, and confiscated them as contraband of war. Abolitionists were in part delighted, but at the same time furious that the slaves were not freed. That took until the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment, which had to be followed by the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and a century of struggle to get to the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, which are still being litigated.

      The war will not be over until the Republicans have gone the way of the Federalists, winning here and there in the states but absolutely nothing national. Polling and Nate Silver's projections indicate that it will happen within a decade.

      After the Federalists we got the corporate laissez-faire Free Trade Whigs, of course. And when the Republicans are gone we can expect the corporations to try to buy the Centrist Democrats and split the Democratic Party. But how will that work when the polls show that the population is increasingly Progressive? I would be delighted to have a public debate between the Democratic and Progressive agendas, with the Religious Right and the Tea Parties relegated to "noises offstage".

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 01:52:51 PM PDT

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