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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)(L), Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) leave the weekly Senate Republican meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 26, 2013.  REUTERS/Jason Reed
Terrorists.
Dear Democratic senators opposed to filibuster reform:

Here's the "comity" you think you're protecting by resisting filibuster reform:

If Harry Reid goes nuclear, Senate Republicans plan to make the fight personal—and their first target will be the man sitting atop the still-controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. [...]

That means an argument that has been about the structure and power of the new regulatory bureau would quickly morph into one about whether the recess-appointed Cordray should be the guy running the place—with Republicans shining a spotlight on his “personal defects.”

"If you’re going to try to destroy the Senate, we’re going to go down swinging,” said a senior GOP Senate aide familiar with the planned Republican strategy.

The threat to personally attack any nominee pushed through by changing the Senate rules extends to all of Obama’s picks. But Cordray is a special case for Republicans, who until now have held his nomination hostage in their effort to force changes to the consumer bureau’s structure. Instead of a leader nominated by the president, Republicans want the regulator to be run by a bipartisan panel.

Never mind that through two confirmation hearings, Republicans have insisted to Cordray that they don't have a problem with him personally, they just want to nullify the law that created his job.

So Republicans are promising to start shooting their hostages. And they're trying to argue that it's Democrats who will destroy the Senate.

This is the status quo some Democrats want to maintain?

Keep the pressure on. Send an email to your Democratic senators telling them to re-open filibuster reform and make the Senate function again.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Jun 06, 2013 at 11:46 AM PDT.

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