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    not just a stack of signatures to pressure Republicans. If they get enough signatures, the CR bypasses Boehner and goes to the floor for a vote -- he can't stop it.

    As usual, Rachel Maddow explains it best. Well, and Reese Witherspoon. Seriously.

    Key part of the transcript:

    ....take over john boehner's job, to maneuver around him for one vote by using something that is technically called a discharge petition, but which for the last few years at least, everybody really just thinks of as the Reese Witherspoon option. in the Reese Witherspoon movie " Legally Blonde 2," not only did the whole plot turn on a successful use of a discharge petition, but Reese Witherspoon and her castmates did, in the movie, basically a perfect job of explaining how one works. so watch this here. what they are explaining here is now the democrats' best idea and probably our nation's best chance for ending our very real four-day-old government shutdown.

    >> i just don't think i'm cut out for this.

    >> oh, we have a plan. two words for you. discharge petition.

    >> with a couple hundred signatures, we can spring bruiser's bill from the committee straight to the house floor for a vote.

    >> i don't know. that sounds really complicated.

    >> you've come farther than any of us while maintaining your bounce and sparkle. we never sparkle.

    >> i mean, none of us ever thought one person could make a difference until you came along.

    >> well, if i remember correctly, isn't that, like, 218 signatures?

    >> it's not that hard.

    >> yeah. yeah. i guess i know women with more shoes than that. wait, that's me.

    >> elle, it's time to finish what you started.

    >> swelling music.

    ...and it works! in the movie it works. bruiser's bill can't come to the floor for a vote otherwise because the speaker won't let it come to a vote and it gets forced onto the vote by Reese Witherspoon. they gets 218 signatures. that's something they want to vote for if only they had the chance. takes it out of the speaker's hands. it's a plot in a not-so-great movie. it's also now a real thing. and now honestly, it is the only plan to bring the government back from the shutdown.

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    by Eileen B on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 11:23:36 PM PDT

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