A Chart to Make Fillibuster Reformers Optimistic: Daily Kos
ProSence .originally put this up in General Discussion Forum here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022272535 title there was... "Chart, the eight Democrats who opposed the talking fillibuster"
.........The story is kind of a good read, has a positive slant, so here it is in Good Reads..............................................
Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM PST.
This chart will make filibuster reformers feel optimistic:
by Chris Bowers .......from the article...after the chart...
"The eight opponents—Sens. Leahy, Baucus, Levin, Reid, Feinstein, Boxer, Pryor and Manchin—form a pretty odd grouping in when it comes to factors like ideology or geography. However, their seniority paints a clear picture of what happened to the talking filibuster: The 11 members of the Democratic Senate caucus with more than 20 years of seniority opposed the talking filibuster by a 6-5 margin.
The 44 members of the Democratic Senate caucus with less than 20 years of seniority favored the talking filibuster by a 42-2 margin.
Even if we didn't win last week, with 75 percent of the opposition to the silent filibuster coming from a small group of senators who have served for 20 years or more, the era of the silent filibuster is coming to an end.
This is another reason why I am significantly more optimistic about the outcome of this round of the filibuster reform fight than most of the more than one million activists who took part. Not only did we not come away empty handed, and not only have we come incredibly far in a few short years, but there is simply no way we lose in the long run."
retire or die? We needed that reform now more than ever mainly because of 4 years of GOP obstruction in the middle of a terrible recession. Some of them can't be primaried either. I see the overall positive implictions of this but we should not have had to wait considering we just beat the odds in 2012 in keeping the Senate in the first place.