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  •  what can they do? (none)
    polls aren't going to matter.  we only have 45 votes.  we can filibuster a nutty judge, and frist will just go nuclear.  the only question is whether they have the votes to acheive the rules change.  whoever bush nominates, i think it is somewhat naive to think that democrats can block him/her.

    "Rick Santorum is Latin for Asshole."

    by tmendoza on Fri Jul 01, 2005 at 09:34:01 AM PDT

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    •  They could go nuclear (none)
      If the Republicans illegally "eliminate" the filibuster the Democrats can retaliate as promised, they could introduce amendments directly, require bills be read, etc.  Some of the tactics are detailed in the black letter of the constitution making whatever rationalization the Republicans use to abolish the filibuster inapplicable if they attempt to obstruct the Democrats retaliation.

      But the Democrats would have to mean it; it should be done all the way or not at all.

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