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  •  Cloture, the thing that matters most (1+ / 0-)
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    Anything you want to say about Spector is OK, but it doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is will he vote for or against cloture.

    He switched to the dems because he wants to be re-elected. To be re-elected, he needs them behind him. He needs money, endorsements, and influential people backing him. If he isn't with the dems on cloture votes, he has no future and he knows it.

    We know Obama is going to lose some blue dogs on many issues. Is there anyone here who didn't think that that Spector would be the bluest of the blue?

    So criticize him as much as you want. However, make sure he also knows we welcome him, make him feel good about his choice. We need him and he needs us.

    •  I thought reconciliation makes cloture moot (0+ / 0-)

      I thought we took care of this when we shut the Republicans out of the process on health care.  I think we only need 50 votes.  

    •  We do not need him. He will be with us only... (0+ / 0-)

      ...when it doesn't matter.

      And fuck Reid. If Arlen is going to say over and over that he will not be a loyal Democrat, why the hell should he jump to the head of the line in front of people who have been loyal Democrats?

      I'd much prefer a government run bureaucracy than a for-profit bureaucracy. In the first I'm at least a stakeholder. In the latter I'm simply a cost. --digby

      by expatjourno on Sun May 03, 2009 at 01:46:41 PM PDT

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