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  •  in other words (0+ / 0-)

    we should only stop the Repubs from using the filibuster?

    •  Sure, why not? (1+ / 0-)
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      DoGooderLawyer

      They'll be just as free to alter the rules when they're in power. But by doing only a partial change, it would be a "gentlemen's agreement" that they each get to keep judicial filibusters. It can be rationalized on the basis that judicial appointments are lifetime appointments, so in the interest of the country, a minority veto should be allowed.

      It's all a game of precedent and comity. They can do whatever the hell they want.

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        RandomSequence

        and no, it wouldn't stop the R's from using the filibuster on judicial appointments while we're in power.  

        while i don't trust that the Republicans won't completely eliminate the filibuster if they got the chance, us only eliminating part of it would be the best chance we'd get to get them to also leave judicial appointment filibusters for us when we're the minority.

        It is not upon you to finish the Work, but neither shall you, O child of freedom, refrain from it.

        by DoGooderLawyer on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 04:28:06 PM PST

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