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  •  i think in general (0+ / 0-)

    that the filibuster should be kept, but that the cloture requirement should be somewhere around 52-53 and/or as someone else mentioned make the requirements entail a real physical filibuster... cots, urine bags,  the whole thing.

    as to the question of IF they're allowed to do it, there is some grey area there, but the fact that customary practice has dictated that the congressional bodies are reconstituted anew every 2 yrs (the constitutional election intervals suggest that the framers did NOT intend for either house to go through this kind of eternal re-incarnation cycle. rather they suggest that the framers intended the houses themselves endure... to be continual), and that rules are adopted at that time pretty much says that it's not only allowed but usual and customary, whether or not it's constitutional as ShirleyG points out. the problem there is that no body is empowered to force a house's internal rules to match the constitution.

    "Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence; conservatism, distrust of people, tempered by fear." Gladstone, Me -8.88/-7.08

    by zedaker on Fri Sep 03, 2010 at 06:37:09 PM PDT

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