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  •  The institutionalized pathetic failure to govern (16+ / 0-)

    ...that is the World's Worst Deliberative Body continues.

    The Democratic Majority could have reformed the chamber. They didn't.

    That's really the lede here.

    Everything else is window dressing.

    •  World's Worst Deliberative Body (1+ / 0-)
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      80% of SUCCESS is JUST showing up

      Christina Taylor Green,RIP - Gun Control NOW

      by Churchill on Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 01:03:28 PM PST

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    •  We've been sold out again by the corporatist Reid (3+ / 0-)
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      What happened to the 51 vote thing to change the rules?

      •  To be fair.... (2+ / 0-)
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        Harry Reid was trying to undercut reform from the start, so he really didn't sell anyone out.

        Not that it matters, but I'd really like to know what exactly accounts for the hostility to reform on the part of the Democratic Caucus.  Is it boneheaded commitment to tradition?  A preference for results to the right of the platform of the Democratic Party?  A theoretical commitment to a highly questionably construction of "minority rights"? Or an aversion to accepting the responsibilities for governance that would come with a majority in a chamber organized by majority rule?

        It's obviously some combination of these things....but I'm just not sure what the mix is.

        •  OK, it's mostly explained by Krugman (0+ / 0-)

          An inability to believe that the Republicans are actually violent revolutionaries trying to destroy the Constitution.  Which, unfortunately, the Republicans are.

          This is what leads the Democratic wimps to make a "deal" which involves future promises from Republicans.  This is what makes them imagine that the "comity of the Senate" will ever return.  This is what makes them the Center Party of Weimar Germany, who were plain dupes for the Nazis.

          Then there's another group of Democrats in the Senate -- the sellouts who have a preference for results to the right of the platform of the Democratic Party, but because they know they're betraying their constituents, they don't want to be on record doing so.

          Add the two groups together and you get the current results.

          Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

          by neroden on Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 01:11:42 AM PST

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        •  You forgot the big one: Money. (0+ / 0-)

          How far to the right do the Dems have to move before you stop calling them Dems?

          by Diebold Hacker on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 09:28:14 PM PST

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