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Why not use some of the parliamentary obstructionist tricks we've been groaning about for years to kill this monstrosity?  I'm thinking a hold might be pretty crafty.  Insterested?  Follow me below the flip:

I was thinking.  Haven't we bitched and moaned at length about mystery holds on legislation in the senate?  Some senator has a gripe with some legislation and instead of working out a compromise they pull this obstructionist move.

Well, this bailout move is terrible and I'd definitely like to obstruct it.  So why don't we find a senator who wouldn't mind putting a hold on the bill?  They don't even have to be courageous.  They can do the silent hold thing.

I saw this quote from Sen Sanders:

"For years now, they've told us that we can't afford—that the government providing healthcare to all people is just unimaginable; it can't be done. We don't have the money to rebuild our infrastructure. We don't have the money to wipe out poverty. We can't do it. But all of a sudden, yeah, we do have $700 billion for a bailout of Wall Street."

—Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont).

Maybe Bernie could do it?  He's an independent.  No parties would take an election day hit.

And if we really wanted to recruit a "holder", we could pledge to donate ca$h to them.  That's something we're really good at.  And it'd sure cost us less than $2,000/citizen.

Originally posted to tacky on Wed Sep 24, 2008 at 12:54 PM PDT.


Should we try to get a Senator to place a hold on the bill when it comes up?

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