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  •  A talking filibuster is to our political advatage (0+ / 0-)

    As it stands, Republicans can block progress on agenda items important to Americans without paying any political price since their obstruction is largely invisible.  

    While the "big issues" of 2010 may have come out the same viz. their being filibustered, at least if the Republicans have to hold the floor talking and explaining themselves, their hours of pettifoggery, throwing a wrench in the works, will paint them for the petty demagogues they are, and there will be a political price to be paid for it.

    •  Strom Thurmond (0+ / 0-)

      Little bit of political trivia for you here:

      Strom Thurmond, who was a Democrat at the time, conducted the longest filibuster ever by a lone senator in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957, at 24 hours and 18 minutes in length, nonstop.

      "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"

      by jasontromm on Tue Jan 04, 2011 at 10:57:04 AM PST

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