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  •  I think you're being overly optimistic, kos (4+ / 0-)
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    qofdisks, kitebro, PorridgeGun, milton333

    Had the Dems simply gone ahead with the rule change, we would now have a functioning NLRB.  Instead, we only have the promise that the Republicans won't block brand-new nominees.  But I don't see anything in place to prevent the Rs from requiring that every i be dotted and every t be crossed: the new nominees need to have their backgrounds checked, they need to go through hearings, and the Republicans can ask thousands of questions.  If they come up with any pretext, what's to stop them from filibustering again?   After all, Reid thought he had a handshake deal in 2011 that filibusters would be limited to exceptional cases.

    •  But if Reid has the votes for a rules change (2+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, Larsstephens

      and they know it (which I suspect they do), then there's some serious leverage.

      If they block too much, the hammer comes out and poof! less obstruction (because it will never be totally gone, and that's actually a good thing)

      It's the difference between telling the kids you'll send them to their room (which is full of fun stuff) and cleaning all that stuff out of their room AND taking their cell phone FIRST and THEN threatening to send them to their room.

      Suddenly the threat gets a lot more serious...

      •  The Blue Dogs only agreed to a limited filibuster (0+ / 0-)

        reform targeting only these nominations if the Republicans obstructed.  
        It still cost us the nominations for LABOR.
        This is not filibuster reform far from it.

        •  Right, it's not (0+ / 0-)

          But if Reid has the votes for reform, it's his stick. And a big one.

          As long as the GOP go along on at least some things, and let there be an upordown vote on nominees, the hostage is safe.

          But get out of line, and Reid might actually pull the trigger. This time it appears he's even got bullets in the gun.

          The GOP seems to know that now. And of course, if it's hurting them in the polls (which is likely), they're going to hold off. It's like a kid at Christmas. You might have been really bad earlier in the year, but you start straightening up in October - because you KNOW Santa's not going to forget if it's THAT close to Christmas.

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