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  •  Minority on a short leash filibuster (1+ / 0-)
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    Diane dp

    In stead of the side that wants to break the filibuster needing to get 60 votes, make the side that wants to continue it have to come up with 41 votes every so often.  If they had to do that every half hour or hour, on 15 minutes' notice, the side wanting to filibuster would have to stay close to the senate chamber all day.  They could get back to offices in the Capitol building, but not much farther.  They could still get legislative work done, but they'd have trouble doing things like schmoozing with lobbyists and raising money.  Meanwhile, with a tweak in the rules perhaps, the Senate could work on other things.

    If something is so important to the minority that they think it deserves a filibuster, they shouldn't complain about being on a short leash.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 12:32:28 PM PDT

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