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  •  The veto is the last line of defense. (1+ / 0-)
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    The filibuster is the penultimate line.

    They are clearly interelated.

    This just isn't a great issue to announce a few days before a potential loss of the House and a possible loss of the Senate. It would have been useful to hear Obama talk like this pre 2008 when it might have done some good.

    This just seems like it's clearing the way for draconian spending cuts on the poor.

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

    by Salo on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 07:00:42 AM PDT

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    •  Nobody announced it yesterday. (0+ / 0-)

      I've been working with reform interests on it for a year and a half.

      The veto is the last line of defense. Fine.

      The filibuster is considered by some the penultimate line. Wonderful.

      The line before that is actually winning a vote.

      And before that, winning elections.

      Spend more time worrying about earlier lines of defense, and less resting comfortably on the cushion of last lines. Especially last lines that can be erased by majority vote.

      That's just not wise.

      •  It's all about timing it right (0+ / 0-)

        I do not trust this timing.

        1992, 2006, 2008. Three good windows. I'm all about partizan advantage. This'll be about SS spending.  

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

        by Salo on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 01:37:05 PM PDT

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        •  Maybe. (0+ / 0-)

          But your windows are gone. 1841 was a good window too. But it's, let's say, "naive" to think that saying so now actually matters in any way.

          Because it's not 1841, or 2008.

          It is what it is.

          •  If polling is good in 2012 then do it the last (0+ / 0-)

            Session of next congress. Simple.

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

            by Salo on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 03:53:32 PM PDT

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