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  •  Short answer: yes. (2+ / 0-)
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    Liberal Jon, maryabein

    There's no doubt hundreds of ways Republicans can disrupt the operation of the Senate.  

    For example they can send one member to a committee or to a Senate floor debate who insists on a quorum call.  The roll call is then held, and if a quorum is not found debate is suspended, while missing senators are rounded up. In practice this means ALL the Democrats have to be present for debate. If just four of them are missing from the Senate floor, debate is suspended. (Quroum is 51; with 1 Republican to request the roll call, 50 of the 55 Democratic senators must be present).  

    That means that practically all the Democrats will be tied up on the floor or in committee while their Republican colleagues are free to grandstand on TV. Of course then the majority has even less incentive to work with the minority, and you start to see a legislative body that works more like a parliamentary system where the winning coalition takes all the marbles. This isn't in the historical spirit of US governance, but it beats a system in which the minority rules by obstruction and blackmail.

    Still, I might foresee a day in which it has become normal for fringe parties to hold the balance of power the way they do in parliamentary system.  We're there anyhow with the Tea Party caucus in the House, but we may see something like that evolve in the Senate as well.

    Expect to learn a lot about a bunch of arcane Senate procedures in the upcoming weeks.

    I've lost my faith in nihilism

    by grumpynerd on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 10:29:29 AM PST

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