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  •  The more the Democrats give in, the more the (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans know they've won & will double down.  If the filibuster threat doesn't work, they'll come up with something else, but at least we can get some bills passed.

    A simple majority means that the conservadem senators can't threaten to filibuster either. The senate has been forced to put some nasty stuff to get Lieberman, Lincoln, Nelson, and Landrieu on board.  If they can't threaten to support the filibuster, they can't force the Democratic caucus to tilt right (disheartening progressives who voted for Democrats).

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