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It's REALLY rare that we designate a Democrat "Piggie of the Week" over at Scrapple TV.

But Harry's crappy "deal" on the filibuster was maddening.  It was a bad deal, weak tea, thin gruel.  It changes nothing, and will only allow the obstruction to continue.

I actually disagree with the New York Times, linked above.  It wasn't fear that stopped reform. It was a deliberate vote for the status quo.

Here's the Piggie:

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  •  jeesh (0+ / 0-)

    leave Harry alone.  I for one am not going to second-guess him when he has helped with getting so much progressive legislation done in the past few years in the Obama Administration.

    "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

    by louisev on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:30:40 AM PST

  •  I, for one, promise to leave Harry alone (8+ / 0-)

    When it's clear that Senate filibusters have dropped back down to 5 a year or so. Then I will gladly admit I was wrong and Harry was a genius.

    Until then, I will make certain to loudly proclaim "THANK YOU HARRY!" every time an important bill regarding health care, gun control, job creation, immigration, equal pay, or what kind of mustard to put on Senate hot dogs is obstructed automatically by Turtleman and his minions.

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    by Fordmandalay on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 06:41:20 AM PST

    •  filibuster (3+ / 0-)
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      JayRaye, len chaitin, Aspe4

      The whole point of reforming the filibuster was to get our legislation moving and, quite frankly, to punish the Republicans for the past four years of dumbfuckery.  It would have had the happy result of forcing the hardliners in the house to vote for bills they can't stand or grow even more isolated.

      I can see the Democrats wanting to keep the filibuster around for when they want to block a bad bill. But if they think that the GOP won't do away with the filibuster the moment they're back in charge of the Senate, they are dreaming.  Cloud cuckoo land.

      So it's gonna be another four years of obstruction, stagnation, and lesser accomplishments than what we need.

  •  Dems Need Filibuster to Stop Progressives (1+ / 0-)
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    The Dems need a strong filibuster so they can hide behind repugs who kill progressive legislation, otherwise Dems will have to make a substantive vote against bills that help the 99%. Without the filibuster, a public health insurance option would have passed and Dems can't almost have that happen again. Wall Street owns both parties and the oligarchs have us in a vise.

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    by Aspe4 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:04:36 AM PST

    •  this is a sad sad comment (1+ / 0-)
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      but probably true

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      by JayRaye on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 12:51:31 PM PST

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    •  Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (1+ / 0-)
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      killed it.  I still can't believe that a Senator trying to get through an Assault Weapons Ban would undermine her own legislation passing and, well, I haven't a clue on why Barbara Boxer did not support the stronger "talking filibuster" reform (and neither does her office staff).  I worry that what you are saying is right. If it was just Feinstein or a few "blue dog" types in the Party I would guess so, but Boxer?  I don't know what this was about.  Reid was either left high and dry by his California colleagues or there is something like a rigged TV game show going on as you suggest.  I just never thought I would see Boxer on one of those shows.

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      by 6079SmithW on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 01:42:48 PM PST

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