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  •  It's a game of margins. (2+ / 0-)
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    alkalinesky, Olon

    The giving in may be about getting the opportunity to get to the place where those votes are cast.

    Zero Republican votes is zero Republican votes, of course. But the bill doesn't pass even if it has 40 Republican votes... if there's no vote held.

    •  Do you really think they are going to fillibuster (0+ / 0-)

      when the polls and the gop governors are for the bill?

      •  If they're not permitted to play, yes. (2+ / 0-)
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        •  No. THEY CAN'T (0+ / 0-)

          Not unless they are willing to shut down the government again.  The stimulus is all about approprations and there are 13 budget bills that MUST pass, if the government isn't going to shut down.
          They tried that in 1995 and I think THEY remain a LOT more afraid of that THAN WE are.

          The road to hell has not YET been paved with Republicans, but it SHOULD be -- Corrected BumperSticker

          by ge0rge on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 01:10:30 PM PST

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          •  Yes, they can. (0+ / 0-)

            You're actually thinking of the regular appropriations process. That's something very different. Defeating this bill does not result in a government shut down. Government operations are currently funded under a continuing resolution passed last year, with another one coming down the pike shortly.

            But that's a different bill, not this one.

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