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  •  nope (8+ / 0-)

    with the house narrowly divided, the blue dogs mostly extinct, and and bohner having an increasingly difficult time keeping the wings of his party in lockstep, having a functional dem-controlled senate + white house meant that the democrats could propose something reasonable, say they're ready to pass it without delay, and then either split the house GOP and pass it, or else show the house GOP as the assholes standing in the way of everything good. it's an easy game to run, especially when the GOP volunteers itself as the villain unprompted.

    but when the senate and house can't pass anything, but dems nominally control the senate, and dems won't even change the goddamn rules enough to at bare minimum make the GOP filibuster for the cameras, the narrative becomes "congress can't do anything" not "the GOP is blocking everything."

    •  Yeah, you can pass some stuff and use it to (1+ / 0-)
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      try to divide House Republicans and make them look bad. It can certainly help in 2014. But I don't see any of them actually voting for the legislation no Senate Republicans will vote for.

    •  wu ming it is not "an easy game to run" (0+ / 0-)

      It's very difficult, although not impossible, to run around the House leadership on any issue.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 08:36:30 AM PST

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      •  running around the leadership is hard, true (0+ / 0-)

        but the "game" of forcing the GOP to either split and pass your legislation, or else play the asshole obstructor role in front of the press and public for two years is child's play. but you can only pull that particular game with a functional senate, which reid gave away with this "reform."

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