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  •  is this how it always works out? (2+ / 0-)
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    teknofyl, 2ajpuu

    The majority party is underrepresented in committees when they have ~54-59?

    •  Somehow I don't think the Democrats (5+ / 0-)
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      Peace JD, LordMike, bear83, 2ajpuu, MingPicket

      would make such threats when they are in the minority. That would, after all, be unsporting and unfair. And people like Reid can think of nothing better to do than please the Republicans (and the president with the lowest approval rating).

      •  Closed session works, though. (1+ / 0-)
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        Zoltan

        Every time the Republicans filibuster, it only takes a motion and a second to go closed session. We already know it makes 'em hurt. And it only takes two Senators with the gonads to make it happen.

        Instant beatdown, every time. Obstructionism dead, gone, never existed by the end of the first month of session.

    •  Only if it's the Democrats. (0+ / 0-)

      Republicans would have been threatening a nuclear option for about a month now....

    •  Every time we think we've (0+ / 0-)

      moved beyond "Joe the Liar", they pull him back into the mix.

      Yes, Evan Bayh is either a liar or ignorant when it comes to the rules governing the organization of the Senate.

      That said, as was outlined here in November only 3% of the time were filibuster votes along party lines.  It's about both sides trying to peal away enough members of the opposite party in order to prevail.

      However, 60 votes are necessary in order to ensure committee ratios.  The voters in GA locked in the ratios last Tuesday.  

      Will 2010 bring a change in the ratios?  Who knows.  We simply need to recognize what can be done and find a way to do it.  For example, we all want more and BETTER Dems in Washington.  

      Primary the D's that should be with us and are not.  Hold their feet to the fire.  Identify solid Democrats candidates for Republican seats and work to get them elected.  Make Congress answerable to the people.

      Bipartisanship isn't going to happen as long as one of America's two great parties believes that when it comes to politics, stupidity is the best policy.

      by War Horse on Mon Dec 08, 2008 at 10:54:49 AM PST

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