Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:54 PM
madamesilverspurs (9,443 posts)
4 replies, 1123 views
Yeah, me neither. . . (Original post)
|Auntie Bush||Jan 2013||#4|
Response to madamesilverspurs (Original post)
Thu Jan 24, 2013, 08:56 PM
Tx4obama (36,974 posts)
1. Last time it was a handshake deal, THIS time it is a bill/vote and Rule 22 ...
... is changed officially.
McConnell's word has nothing to do with it.
Response to Tx4obama (Reply #1)
Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:19 PM
Cha (168,028 posts)
2. Charlie Pierce thinks it's
the best Reid could have gotten at this time..
The deal Harry Reid cut today with Mitch McConnell is going to make people crazy, but I never read anything that indicated that Reid had enough votes for the kind of sweeping changes for which the more progressive members of his caucus were pushing. (There are as many people in Reid's caucus — including, I suspect, Reid himself — whose primary loyalty is to the institution as there are on the other side. To name just a couple, neither Charles Schumer nor Dianne Feinstein are exactly boat rockers.) Personally, I wanted the talking filibuster, not just for the pure theater of it, but because it is a mechanism for transparency and honesty. Absent that, I'm no more satisfied than I am surprised. I think Reid got the best deal he could, and I think he got it within the parameters of what he thought was acceptable, and he did get actual changes in the rules, and not some good-old-boy transaction that the Republicans can ignore the first chance they get. That's progress, anyway. You want more? Elect different senators.