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  •  Democrats shouldn't be bullied by 40 republicans. (4+ / 0-)

    ... in the senate.

    They need to hurry up and nuke the filibuster, now.

    •  I don't agree with "nuke the filibuster" (1+ / 0-)
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      greenearth

      our side in 1990 used it (led by Paul Wellstone) to block an egregious energy bill proposed by Bennett Johnston that would have opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling and enabled huge giveaways to the fossil fuel industry. The difference is that the filibusterers had to actually speak during the filibuster, unlike today where we have silent filibusters. I have a feeling the Republicans would make asses out of themselves defending their unpopular pro-corporate positions if they actually had to speak in pushing the filibuster. I say nuke the silent filibuster.

      "Trickle down economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower"

      by NoMoreLies on Fri Jun 18, 2010 at 08:18:43 PM PDT

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      •  Don't need to nuke it (5+ / 0-)

        I think it's an important tool to keep the majority from just walking over the minority. But the rules on it need some revision and they need to just actually USE it.

        Whether or not they 'drag out the cots' is entirely up to professional pantywaist, Harry Reid.

        If the Republicans actually had to drag out the cots and give endless speeches EVERY TIME they wanted to filibuster, there wouldn't be any more filibusters because A> The American public would see exactly who is screwing them over and B> They don't have the kind of stamina it takes to actually maintain a filibuster.

        It's really that simple.

        Alternatively they could change Senate Rule #22 and just make it so that ONE senator cannot filibuster unless he can get 10 other senators to sign on for it.... and then they ALL must give actual filibuster speeches.

        The way it is now, the Republicans risk nothing because they're not on TV showing off the fact that they're screwing the American people for corporate masters... AND it makes them look good with the right wing because they're fucking the Democrats and defending us against 'socialism' or whatever the latest boogyman red herring is.

      •  bad exchange (1+ / 0-)
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        Laurence Lewis

        It's a lousy deal - Dems can occasionally block an R move when in the minority.

        In exchange, the Senate blocks almost everything when the voters gave D's both houses and the presidency.

        An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

        by mightymouse on Sat Jun 19, 2010 at 06:09:49 AM PDT

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    •  ARE They Actually Being "Bullied" (0+ / 0-)

      or are in fact senate "democrats" more or less exactly like their repuglican counterparts?

      "Hate Arizona's new law? Ask Washington to do it's job". Ross Douthat

      by Superpole on Sat Jun 19, 2010 at 05:27:07 AM PDT

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