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Harry Reid squanders opportunity for filibuster reform
San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/24/13 | Some Liberal

Posted on 01/24/2013 2:19:44 PM PST by SSDecontrol

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blew it. He had the votes for serious filibuster reform in the palm of his hand, and he chickened out.

Reid feared a day ahead when Democrats are no longer the majority party in the Senate. But his legacy will be that he abandoned desperately needed reform and chose more gridlock instead.

Every four years, following a presidential election, the Senate can review and revise its rules. Filibuster rules have strayed far from the tactic's purpose and now allow the minority party to block not only votes but even debate on issues of the day. Whether Democrats or Republicans are in the majority, that's just wrong.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dnc; gop; mcconnell; reid
From the comments on HuffPo it appears todays little filibuster negotiation was a real boon for the GOP.
1 posted on 01/24/2013 2:19:53 PM PST by SSDecontrol
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To: SSDecontrol

Sauce for the goose. We have been in the same place not so very long ago. He made a smart pilitical move.


2 posted on 01/24/2013 2:23:07 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

“PoliticAl”. Stupid smrt fone.


3 posted on 01/24/2013 2:24:51 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SSDecontrol

Harry took a look at the possible loss of the Senate in the next election and decided that he was going to get what he gave when that happens. Don’t know why he would have, since you have mostly a passel of dickless men in the Senate on the Republican side. Maybe we should be buying some of those “testosterone pills” they advertize on late-night TV and send them to the Republican Senators for free.


4 posted on 01/24/2013 2:30:31 PM PST by vette6387
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To: SSDecontrol

He sees what’s coming in 2014.


5 posted on 01/24/2013 2:30:39 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (TYRANNY: When the people fear the politicians. LIBERTY: When the politicians fear the people.)
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To: SSDecontrol

The question is, what kind of deal did he strike with McCain? You can bet he didn’t “chicken out”. He got something, now we just get to find out how we were sold down the road.


6 posted on 01/24/2013 2:31:57 PM PST by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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To: SSDecontrol
But his legacy will be that he abandoned desperately needed reform and chose more gridlock instead.

Some people talk about gridlock like its a bad thing.

7 posted on 01/24/2013 2:34:06 PM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Ditto that: for what its worth.


8 posted on 01/24/2013 2:36:41 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: SSDecontrol

San Jose Buttwipe News. I love getting calls from these clowns trying to sell me this garbage.


9 posted on 01/24/2013 2:39:24 PM PST by skeeter
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To: absalom01

Reid traded the filibuster for the Cliff deal as well as the Debt Ceiling extension.


10 posted on 01/24/2013 2:39:38 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: SSDecontrol
If the Democrats do it, it’s “Filibuster Reform”.

If the Republicans do it, it’s “Tyranny of the Majority”.

Notice how the term, “The Loyal Opposition” isn’t mentioned nowadays? Must be one of those coincidences again.

11 posted on 01/24/2013 2:49:21 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (I only Fear a Government that doesn't Fear me.)
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To: skeeter

I don’t get calls from them. I only have to dodge the monkeys selling subscriptions in front of stores.


12 posted on 01/24/2013 2:55:56 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: skeeter

I don’t get calls from them. I only have to dodge the monkeys selling subscriptions in front of stores.


13 posted on 01/24/2013 2:56:04 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers ("I'm not anti-anything, I just wanna be free." - Mike Muir)
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To: vette6387

I’m just happy McConnell stood his ground... seeing as he’s an older fellow, he’s probably already on some testosterone pill.. or ExtenZe.


14 posted on 01/24/2013 3:21:39 PM PST by SSDecontrol
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To: SSDecontrol

Gridlock GOOD!
The less the legislative bodies do the more free is America.


15 posted on 01/24/2013 4:21:12 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: absalom01

I don’t think that’s what happened.

Reid is apparently freaking out over all the Dem Senators from pro-2nd Amendment states that are up for reelection in 2014. Obama’s swinging for the fences on the issue, and Reid knows on that issue alone it’s going to be hard to retain the Majority.


16 posted on 01/24/2013 4:31:51 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: SSDecontrol

“He had the votes for serious filibuster reform in the palm of his hand”

LOL!

Harry DID NOT have the votes.


17 posted on 01/24/2013 4:43:06 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: tanknetter

“Reid is apparently freaking out over all the Dem Senators from pro-2nd Amendment states that are up for reelection in 2014”

The Dems love the Newtown incident BECAUSE it gives these Senators a chance to vote AGAINST new disarmament laws.
Voting against Feinstein-type proposals will make these liberals look ‘moderate’, even ‘conservative’.

Obama doesn’t want anything passed- he wants these Dem Senators to be reelected.


18 posted on 01/24/2013 4:50:26 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Senator_Blutarski

Gridlock is bad when Dems form the majority. Should Pubs ever be in charge again simple majorities will suddenly be too hasty; senators will need time to pause and reflect instead of shoving bills down our throats.


19 posted on 01/24/2013 4:53:15 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: SSDecontrol

McConnell... those are jiggly jowels on old turkey neck... There ain’t no man-parts below the neckline for this old steer.... Worthless hide, in my opinion.


20 posted on 01/24/2013 5:06:07 PM PST by ptsal (E)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

that plus if his proposal would have gone through, the hard left would control the agenda and make him and every red state Dem Senator a gonner over next couple of elections.


21 posted on 01/24/2013 5:14:45 PM PST by scbison
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To: SSDecontrol

Golly. When Trent Lott proposed filibuster reform rules, it was labeled “the Nuclear option” and demonized by the Left Leaning Press.


22 posted on 01/24/2013 5:21:03 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Senator_Blutarski

“Some people talk about gridlock like its a bad thing.”

Anytime the government isn’t making more laws is potentially a very good thing.


23 posted on 01/24/2013 6:02:56 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (Pray for revival. <BCC><)
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To: mrsmith

The strategy you suggest never occurred to me. Very insightful.


24 posted on 01/24/2013 6:06:39 PM PST by Blue Collar Christian (Pray for revival. <BCC><)
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To: SSDecontrol
Reid had no intention of setting the precedent, 2014 is staring at his sourpuss' face. The guy just got something from nothing, lol nice bluff Reid. I laugh at those DUmmies who are pissed, they were being played, as well as that fool who represents Kentucky and the Minority Repubs in the Senate.
25 posted on 01/24/2013 6:08:16 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: tanknetter

You mean these turds?

Alaska: Mark Begich.
Arkansas: Mark Pryor.
Louisiana: Mary Landrieu.
North Carolina: Kay Hagan.
South Dakota: Tim Johnson.
Montana: Max Baucus.

I’d like to see an outbreak of “political courage” among these 6.


26 posted on 01/24/2013 6:13:51 PM PST by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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To: Senator_Blutarski
Some people talk about gridlock like its a bad thing.

Agreed! gridlock is the best that we can hope for. Indeed, as Twain observed "No Man's life liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session."

27 posted on 01/24/2013 8:02:23 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: SSDecontrol
Every four years, following a presidential election, the Senate can review and revise its rules. Filibuster rules have strayed far from the tactic's purpose and now allow the minority party to block not only votes but even debate on issues of the day.

It's funny when liberals pretend they can think.

Every two years they vote on the rules. The rules haven't strayed, they haven't changed at all. The minority isn't blocking debate, Reid is blocking debate -- the filibuster requires debate, but the majority leader can then pull bills rather than allow the senate to discuss them.

28 posted on 01/24/2013 8:18:48 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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