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  •  Big step forward? (2+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, mconvente

    You say, "This is a big step forward for the campaign to reform the filibuster."

    Really?  Obama just mentioning it is a big step forward?  I would understand this kind of thought 2 years ago (when we thought he and Congress would do everything that was promised), but damn, this is VERY naive.

    Obama has learned that mentioning progressives' pet causes makes them happy in the short term.  Then, when he doesn't deliver, he blames it on the Republicans.  Lather, rinse, repeat.

    •  Yes, it actually is. (0+ / 0-)

      The discussion of filibuster reform is just approaching critical mass among the only constituency that really matters on the subject: Senators.

      But there are still a few who've been reluctant to entertain the discussion seriously, despite knowing that their colleagues are already talking about it. You can guess who they are, and the plain fact is that the Senators who are the prime movers behind this know it hasn't been worth talking to them about it just yet.

      But having the president openly discussing it changes the nature of the issue. It's still up to them, and they're still the only constituency that counts. But now it moves to a different level, when it gets the White House's attention. Yes, there are still Senators who operate that way. A bit old fashioned, but so is the Senate.

      •  Moderizing the Senate (1+ / 0-)
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        While a weak President holds office (ideologically weak) coupled with a GOP house fills me with Bipartisan dread.

        America will have an unholy alliance of Obama and Boehner running things just like Cameron and Clegg in the UK.

        The GOP axe men make the rules and Obama is their front man.

        Read My New Book: The Jolly campaigns and High Times of Banastre Tarlton Esq.

        by Salo on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 05:27:30 AM PDT

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        •  It's going to happen. (0+ / 0-)

          It can happen with this Democratic president, or with the next Republican one. But it's happening.

          Sit there and wait for it, or try to do something while you're waiting.

          If you're for sitting there and crying until it's your turn to be pushed off the cliff, I'll take the other side.

          •  Crying? (1+ / 0-)
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            Do you hear sobbing or something?

            The only time they suspend a minority right/rule is of course the moment that they wish to shove through draconian spening cuts.  There will be no oppostion from Obamas veto pen either.

            I'd not be surprised to see a few defections of the Blue Dlog Senate over to the GOP side in Nov and December.

            Where are my supposed tears?  

            Read My New Book: The Jolly campaigns and High Times of Banastre Tarlton Esq.

            by Salo on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 05:41:29 AM PDT

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