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  •  If Dems retake the house and keep the senate (9+ / 0-)

    in 2014 and Obama wants his final two years as president to mean anything and be productive, Dems will have to extend filibuster reform to legislation as well as nominations (and what the hell SCOTUS too if a justice retires or dies and Repubs try to filibuster Obama's nominee--ESPECIALLY if a conservative seat opens up). It's the ONLY way he'll be able to get anything done (and assure that Dems keep both house and the presidency in 2016), and a huge opportunity to do a lot of good that we'd otherwise have to wait years for.

    Would it be a raw power grab? Hell yeah! That's what politics is about, power, and using it to get things done. It's what the GOP's been doing since Reagan, to do much harm to the country and world, and it's the only way to undo this harm and start doing some good. Fuck being the "nice" party. I want good shit done. People will like us when that happens. The rest is just conversation.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 07:10:40 AM PST

    •  The threat of changing... (0+ / 0-)

      ...the filibuster rules again may serve some purpose in the event of a SCOTUS opening -- but if it doesn't, then changing the filibuster rules again might be the only option.

      That said, I don't think that any of the conservative justices on the Supreme Court are anywhere close to retirement.  Granted, in the case of Thomas, he could actually die in office and no one would notice the difference for several years...

      Political Compass: -6.75, -3.08

      by TexasTom on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 08:40:49 AM PST

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      •  Obviously none of them will retire before 2017 (0+ / 0-)

        But eventually they will, or, be "retired" involuntarily, by nature's HR dept. When that happens, and Dems control the WH & senate, they have to make clear to Repubs that if they block their confirmation, the SCOTUS filibuster is dead. The only reason it isn't already is for PR reasons.

        The pundits are all saying that Dems made the senate and politics even more partisan. My question is, why is that a bad thing? This is the sort of "bipartisanship" I approve of, with BOTH sides being actually partisan.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 09:10:33 AM PST

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