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  •  Eliminating the filibuster (6+ / 0-)

    only requires a simple majority vote. This could have been achieved two years ago. Too bad the Senate Democrats squandered the chance to preempt the Republican obstruction that we all knew was coming.

    At this point, after getting out the vote for so many years, I'm wondering why I should invest that much again just to see opportunities wasted. We already won a majority for the Dems in the Senate, and they proved they were too weak to enforce party unity on basic elements of the agenda.

    •  I don't think very many people predicted back (5+ / 0-)

      then just how obstructionist the Republicans would be. There seemed to be a good spirit in the air after the election, and immediately after Obama was sworn in.
       The outstretched hand seemed appropriate at the time. Obama ran on improving the political climate in Washington, and he tried hard (perhaps harder than he should have) to foster bi-partisan co-operation.
       The GOP was not interested.
       The effort deserved a chance, but now that we've seen where it leads, given the nature of the opposition, the rules need to be changed in order to get the job done.
       Recrimination is pointless, even counter-productive.
        the time to act will be at the start of the next Congress, assuming we retain control of both Houses.

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 01:50:31 PM PDT

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      •  We have known for a very long time.. (5+ / 0-)

        the nature of the opposition and that the GOP was not interested.
        Long enough to know better.

        All that playing around is the cause of any Dem losses that we may incur. I just hope that we can stem the bleeding and that very important lessons have been learned in time to pull up before it's too late.

        Education is too big to fail. Truth is too big to fail. Justice is too big to fail. Peace is too big to fail.

        by Burned on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 02:01:31 PM PDT

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        •  Even if we didn't know two years ago, (5+ / 0-)

          we knew one year ago. If we're lucky enough to have a majority in Congress in January, we need these things right away: 1) for our Senate to put a stop to the childish rules that allow a tyranny of the minority; 2) for our President to stop butting his head against the folly of bipartisanship and; 3) for the blue dogs to start acting like Dems because we're already recruiting their replacements.

          Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction -- Pascal

          by RJDixon74135 on Thu Sep 30, 2010 at 02:38:17 PM PDT

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      •  I think there is a difference between (3+ / 0-)
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        blueoasis, Predictor, elwior

        recrimination and evaluation. If we were merely talking about votes from two years ago, then I'd be more willing to give the Dems the benefit of the doubt and work hard toward renewing their majority. However, even THIS WEEK they capitulated with the tax reform legislation and the matter of recess appointments.

        I agree with you that merely complaining is counter-productive, so I'll make a pledge right now to the Senate Dems (if any of them read this). If they demonstrate that they have the strength and momentum to carry through with key elements of progressive legislation and elimination of the filibuster, I'll devote my entire income for one month to Senate campaigns and I'll put every available minute into GOTV between now and election day. So, Senate Dems, do you have what it takes to reconvene the legislative session next week and vote on the tax reform legislation? Will you get 51+ Senators to pledge to eliminate the filibuster as the first order of business in the next session?

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