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  •  I'm so tired of these fights. Harry, just end it (21+ / 0-)

    please!  Then you can get on to fighting all the other crap Republicans are going to pull and you'll let the rest of the Senate Democrats get busy with legislating and campaigning instead of fighting over this issue.

    •  Exactly. (5+ / 0-)

      How many times, Harry?  This is the boy who cried "nuclear option" too many times.  Eventually the R's won't believe him any longer, and they will tear him up.  Harry uses filibuster reform as a club, but he hasn't figured that the only people he's hitting are the Democrats, who endure a reputation as spineless and feckless.  Get some feck, Harry!

    •  The DINO's and Lame Ducks won't let him. n/t (3+ / 0-)

      Though rest assured, a GOP/"Cruz" controlled Senate would not hesitate.

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire

      by RUNDOWN on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 11:39:30 AM PDT

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    •  He may be able to this time... (1+ / 0-)
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      since it looks like Cornyn and the other GOP hardliners are going to push this all the way. They may just give him the opening he needs at the time he needs it.

      What with Harry's remarks recently on how some of his caucus members had needed a while to come around on dealing with Republican opposition, with the implication that the shutdown fight had brought them along to where he needed them to be, I'm betting he's pushing this because he knows he has the 51+ votes for filibuster reform right now. It may be that he'll use this as a kind of "warning shot" and only change it for executive and judicial nominations (rather than legislation) just to see if finally having one of their toys taken away will bring the Republicans to a more reasonable position. It won't, of course, but he may feel he owes it to his institutional loyalty to try that first before lowering the boom on the rest of the filibuster. But either way, I'd be shocked if he was bluffing, especially after the way he was able to clean the Republicans' clocks during the shutdown.

      Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

      by Stwriley on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 12:24:59 PM PDT

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