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  •  well... David Waldman explained why (2+ / 0-)
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    twigg, ridemybike

    "real filibusters" would actually hurt and inconvenience the Blue Team more than the Republicons.

    (1) it gives the Red Team unlimited time to speak, about the bill or not as the case may be, telling whatever lies suit their fancy, with no opportunity for the Blue Team to respond to the lies without further extending the filibuster.

    (2) if Reid "forced" the Rs to hold a real filibuster, it would tie up the Democrats more than it ties up the Republicons, because Ds would need to keep 50 votes on hand at all times to prevent adjournment (due to lack of a quorum), and Rs only need to keep one person on the floor.

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    by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Dec 15, 2010 at 03:12:33 PM PST

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    •  nice excuses (0+ / 0-)

      Face it, when Bush was passing his stuff, Democrats couldn't filibuster because it was bad for Democrats.

      Then when they became the majority, they still couldn't slow down Bush's stuff (FISA anyone?).  Because that would be bad for Democrats.

      Then when they became the super-majority, they still couldn't roll back Bush's stuff.   Because that would be bad for Democrats.

      And now they can't possibly force Republican's to filibuster because that would be bad for Democrats.

      And when Bernie does his fake filibuster, that's bad for Democrats.

      Face it.  Nice excuses.  But the reality is that Democratic Senators and House members want what their owners want.  And it's the same stuff the GOP wants.

      They want to screw you and me so that their owners will get more of our money in their dirty pockets.

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