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  •  And so... (0+ / 0-)

    ...we continue on down the path of a banana republic, where the President gets to do whatever he wants with no oversight.

    Now, if the Senate is the same party as the President, he gets to nominate and approve whatever judges he wants and no one will stop him.

    Enjoy Chris Christie's two 2017 Supreme Court nominations with a 51/49 Senate. I will link back to this thread to make a list of people who have zero cause to complain.

    But hey, go team, I guess.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 02:43:12 PM PST

    •  Party Pooper. (3+ / 0-)
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      In the time it took Adam Lanza to reload, eleven children escaped. What if...

      by Sixty Something on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 03:00:38 PM PST

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    •  Yeah whatever (3+ / 0-)
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      As if that wasn't going to happen in the first place if they manage to get into office.

      Just keep on with that notion Republicans are "really sweet people, just a little misunderstood"

      •  They can be total assholes (0+ / 0-)

        That's not the point.

        The system is more important than any one judge, Presidency, law, or political party, and this act today just degrades the system a little more.

        I like Democrats, but I like predictable legal systems more. Banana republics change long standing precedents for political convenience, not real countries with credibility.

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 04:17:27 PM PST

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    •  Better our team than theirs (1+ / 0-)
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      Ian Reifowitz

      If you don't like it, I'm sure the GOP will welcome you with open arms, lol.

    •  Uh, no... (2+ / 0-)
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      Sychotic1, Gator Keyfitz

      What we've accomplished, is allowing the President of the United States to be able to do his job, part of which, is appointing people to run the things that make this country great: laws, infrastructure, education, etc.

      And your statistics is strange:  If the President and the majority party in the Senate are the same, it is only because the majority of citizens chose to vote them to represent them.

      Everything is part of a system. Some people believe that system is science, some believe it is G-d. I believe science is part of G-d's system.

      by Anna Wise on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 04:46:04 PM PST

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      •  Re (0+ / 0-)
        And your statistics is strange:  If the President and the majority party in the Senate are the same, it is only because the majority of citizens chose to vote them to represent them.
        Do you think 50.01% of the country should have plenary power to do whatever it wants with no other checks?

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 05:00:49 PM PST

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    •  You know that the very first time the Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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      were frustrated in their wants, they would have killed the filibuster outright.  Look at how state governments run by Republicans are currently doing business for a clue.

      If they hadn't abused it like a red headed step child, this would not have happened.

      "I watch Fox News for my comedy, and Comedy Central for my news." - Facebook Group

      by Sychotic1 on Thu Nov 21, 2013 at 07:41:43 PM PST

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    •  2015 Senate (0+ / 0-)

      If the Dems maintain the majority in the next Senate, they may very well decide to fully restore the filibuster.  And, if the Repubs then decide to continue to act like spoiled rich kids the rules can be changed again.  

      BTW - the filibuster has not been done away with.  Today's action applies only to executive appointments and non-SCOTUS judicial nominees.

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