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  •  You can't assume there is still GOP leadership. (1+ / 0-)
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    Leading is a tricky thing - some leaders have clear and discrete power to punish (think some dictators)...but here, it's clear that the 'leadership' in both House and Senate feel they have no way to coerce or persuade their members...and therefore, can't actually lead their caucuses.

    Both Bohner and McConnell allowed the nuts free reign for a while.  I personally think it was a desire to 'show' the democrats how unreasonable some of the republicans were, as a negotiation strategy - which worked for a bit in 2011, but has clearly begun to backfire. Since they could get away with that behavior, they now feel they have the right to that behavior - and neither McConnell or Bohner have any actual ability to stop it, now that they've condoned it.

    It is up to the leadership of Libya to listen to their people. And to be quite honest, listening to people does not mean you should be using a machine gun. - Alexander Stubb

    by NoBlinkers on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 01:17:50 PM PST

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