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  •  Those things were popular at the time (0+ / 0-)

    The will to filibuster wasn't there. It coudn't have been there, for example, for the Patriot Act or the auhtorization for force in Afghanistan. Ted Kennedy backed the war in Afghanistan. Only Barbara lee in the House voted no. I think it's silly to blame the passage on these things on the (unused) power of the filibuster.

    •  the reauthorizations of the Patriot Act (1+ / 0-)
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      thethinveil

      were never popular - they just crammed them through. they could have been filibuster, but none of the Dems have the courage of their convictions.

      ditto for the endless funding bills for both Iraq and Afghanistan. the public turned against those wars long ago.

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