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  •  Nobody could have anticipated (2+ / 0-)
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    that the Dems would achieve so little.

    It's no crime to be poor. But they're working on it.

    by jazzmaniac on Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 12:59:38 PM PST

    •  Their parents could have. (1+ / 0-)
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      "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

      by muledriver on Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 01:01:00 PM PST

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    •  I anticipated (0+ / 0-)

      that the "constitutional option" would not be employed.  Trying to do so probably would've caused open warfare and ensured paralysis throughout this Congress. So, the reforms would be limited to those which 67 Senators could agree to, and that's more or less what happened.  It's too bad the Republicans couldn't be convinced that they might want to get something done in two years with less than 60 votes (even if they get control, there is zero chance they will get very close to that).  I had hopes for the "real filibuster" vs. the "silent filibuster"--it should appeal naturally to Senators' desire to grandstand--and it may yet pass soon.

      I feel that there will be more cases of on-record cloture votes on the bills, less cases where the procedure votes on procedure can't get cloture.  So, that is a modicum of progress. There will also be some progress on nominations, I think, mostly just from shaming the Republicans into allowing votes where they aren't vehemently opposed.

      It's the microeconomy, stupid!

      by chinshihtang on Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 04:14:58 PM PST

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