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Remember this little doozy?

Just watch the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, while playing his standard game of Senate Cloture Chess, actually get out-maneuvered, and has to actually filibuster his own damn Bill.

Simply amazing.  Due to "extra-controversial" situation as he puts it, Minority Leader McConnell, asks the Majority to please raise the Cloture threshold to 60, for this simple majority spending Bill, that he himself proposed just a few minutes ago.  It's not that it was seriously proposed or anything.


Mitch McConnell: Self-Filibuster

Jon Stewart -- Dec 13, 2012

video source


And it's not like paying our National Bills actually matters or anything.

It's enough to "give a person whiplash."

JUST TAKE THE DAMN VOTE ALREADY!


And if you want to obstruct it, you had DAMN WELL be ready to explain to America WHY?  You know have to TALK ABOUT IT. In front of the TV Cameras and everything.

Explain why -- your Minority Opinion -- is so DAMN important you must grind the wheels of Congress to a halt. On issue after issue after issue ... again and again and again.


If only we had an opportunity to change the Senate rules to put the Majority Opinion, back in the Call-the-Vote drivers seat ...

And in other related news, politico is reporting that the Senate would actually rather 'play hopscotch and patty-cake', than actually DO the people's business ...


Harry Reid seeks middle path on filibuster

by Manu Raja, politico.com --  1/17/13

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) doesn’t plan to advance a “talking filibuster” proposal envisioned by liberals who want sweeping changes to the stodgy Senate.

But he still may invoke what critics call the “nuclear option” to change Senate rules that would limit the use of the filibuster, force senators to hold the floor in certain situations and require those stalling legislation to deliver 41 votes, several people familiar with the matter said Thursday.

The contents of a filibuster reform package are not yet finalized, sources say, and Reid is still trying to cut a bipartisan deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to avert a partisan showdown on the floor next week. But Reid seems to have discarded one of the more far-reaching proposals sought by liberals -- forcing senators to actually carry out a filibuster -- because of fears that the plan would effectively kill the potent delaying tactic used frequently by the minority party.
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This permanent condition of "Minority rule" is Bullshit!  (As Jon Stewart might put it.)


Standing Obstruction on the whim and conspiracy of the minority, is NOT how a functioning Democracy is supposed to operate.


America has real problems that need to be solved.

And the Filibuster preferential-deference to the Minority is one of them.

When does the Majority, ever get our say?  The American People should really want to know.




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  •  it's not like this game of Obstruction, (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Lujane, OleHippieChick

    doesn't have its consequences.


    Why is the Republican Record-Breaking use of the Filibuster -- Not a topic of the News?
    by jamess -- Sep 16, 2012


    Here's how the game is really Rigged.

    by jamess on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:03:21 AM PST

  •  The Majority of Dollars Want it This Way. nt (7+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:06:00 AM PST

    •  Indeed (2+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Lujane

      we need to get the Lobbyist out of Washington, too.


      I seem to remember some campaign promises to that effect,

      not so many years ago.


      Despite popular beliefs,

      Corporations are NOT People.

      They don't Vote -- So they should get the hell out of DC!


      Here's how the game is really Rigged.

      by jamess on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:18:06 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I suggest a 'trigger' mechanism on this rule. (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, Eric Nelson

    It'd be okay to hold something back which only takes effect if the GOP continues to obstruct.
       Let their own behavior determine how tough the rule needs to be.

    "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

    by elwior on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:11:07 AM PST

  •  If I remember right it wasn't critics who called (5+ / 0-)
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    jamess, happymisanthropy, elwior, ferg, Lujane

    it the nuclear option, i believe it was republicans themselves when they were considering doing it. I'm shocked politico would miss that. Shocked I tell ya.

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:11:56 AM PST

  •  Call Reid, Levin, Feinstein, Schumer (5+ / 0-)

    and the rest of the old guard in the Senate and tell them you are wise to their games of themselves wanting obstruction so they could blame it on the Republicans when they put out pro-corporate bills non-stop.

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:20:19 AM PST

    •  thanks! (3+ / 0-)
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      elwior, Lujane, Eric Nelson

      calls and emails and office visits,

      are in order.   It's called accountability.


      Here's how the game is really Rigged.

      by jamess on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:23:04 AM PST

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    •  Reid is the critical guy here. (3+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, jamess, Eric Nelson

      His contact info:
        Carson City
      600 East William Street, #304
      Carson City, NV 89701
      Phone: 775-882-7343 / Fax: 775-883-1980

      Las Vegas
      Lloyd D. George Building
      333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 8016
      Las Vegas, NV 89101
      Phone: 702-388-5020 / Fax: 702-388-5030

      Reno
      Bruce R. Thompson Courthouse and Federal Building
      400 South Virginia Street, Suite 902
      Reno, NV 89501
      Phone: 775-686-5750 / Fax: 775-686-5757

      Rural Nevada
      If you live in Esmeralda, Lincoln, or Nye Counties:
      Phone: 702-388-5020 / Fax: 702-388-5030
      If you live in Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey or White Pine County:
      Phone: 775-686-5750 / Fax: 775-686-5757

      Washington
      522 Hart Senate Office Building
      Washington, DC 20510
      Phone: 202-224-3542 / Fax: 202-224-7327
      Toll Free for Nevadans: 1-866-SEN-REID (736-7343) - Restricted to calls originating from area codes 775 and 702

      Reid Newsroom
      Sen. Reid’s Nevada Press Office 202-224-9521 (for inquiries from Nevada media)
      Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Center 202-224-2939

      "We the People of the United States...." -U.S. Constitution

      by elwior on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:28:43 AM PST

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  •  During the health care bill (4+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, jamess, elwior, Eric Nelson

    when Connecticut for Lieberman was threatening to filibuster, I never understood why Reid didn't just let him do it. I could imagine how that would go over, someone stalling legislation day after day while blathering on. It would be more and more unpopular every day. I didn't realize then that the filibuster has become only notional and no longer exists as we learned in civics class. Why in the world would they turn it into a "Let's just pretend I filibustered" situation? It's supposed to be an extreme strategy.

  •  it matters. (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Eric Nelson


    The Filibuster, has its "victims."

    It is not merely a harmless maneuver.


    Harry Reid and Filibuster Reform

    The Ed Show -- 01/18/2013


    link to video

    Ed Schultz: "How many landslides do we have to have?"


    Here's how the game is really Rigged.

    by jamess on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:13:36 AM PST

  •  Does this mean that Dems are looking forward (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, elwior

    to being in the minority soon? Self-fulfilling prophecy?

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:15:06 AM PST

  •  US Senate is not, the UK House of Commons is the (1+ / 0-)
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    jamess

    greatest deliberative body in the world, I would argue. Read the Hansards of the past, vs. the Congressional Record before making such a statement. American exceptionalism may lead to idle boasts.

    Even a casual watching of the British House on US TV today will give you  a good impression of their quality of discussion.

    "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

    by ontario on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 05:28:15 PM PST

    •  Common usage (2+ / 0-)
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      ontario, jamess

      The US Senate has long been referred to as "the world's greatest deliberative body" -- regardless of whether the term is warranted or not. Using that term in the context of this diary is clearly intended to be ironic.

      "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

      by pragmaticidealist on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 07:14:04 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  OK, had not heard that explained that way before. (1+ / 0-)
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        jamess

        Do you know who coined the term? The Senators are doing their damndest to make us cringe, aren't they?

        "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

        by ontario on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 07:41:14 PM PST

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        •  Did a quick Google but couldn't find it (2+ / 0-)
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          jamess, ontario

          The term has been in use a long time, though -- it was part of my earliest Civics curriculum, back in the late '60s, and I'm pretty sure I recall references to the term in literature several decades earlier than that. Sounds like a 19th Century term to me, but I can't prove it with the info currently at hand. I've got no clue who first used the term.

          Are they living up to that sobriquet? Not really -- and not for a long, long time. They've been making me cringe for years.

          "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

          by pragmaticidealist on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:02:22 PM PST

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          •  It does sound 19th century. (0+ / 0-)

            I did find this recent link reference and it says what the phrase orginally signalled.

            The real root of the Senate’s problem is that regular order has been all but abandoned. Under regular order, the committee process allows senators to hear from constituents and witnesses, propose amendments and resolve differences. Under regular order, bills that advance to the floor are debated, and amendments are voted up or down. Regular order led to the Senate being known as “the greatest deliberative body in the world,” but it is used so seldom these days that when it happens on significant issues, such as the recent Defense Authorization bill, it makes headline news.
            http://www.politico.com/...

            "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

            by ontario on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:15:40 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

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