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Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:52 PM

The 5 GOP Senators Most Likely To Work With Democrats

Senate Democrats will enter the new year with an expanded majority of 55-45, having gained two seats in the election. They may be emboldened, but Republicans will retain the ability to slow down or halt their agenda with the use of the filibuster, which requires 41 senators.

If Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to wield the filibuster as routinely as he did in President Obama’s first term, Majority Leader Harry Reid will need to pick off at least five Republican senators to advance initiatives.

Here are his five most likely targets.

Susan Collins

The most moderate Republican in the Senate — or as Democrats argue, the only one left — Collins will be Reid’s first target when he needs GOP votes.

During Obama’s first term, the Maine Republican broke with her party more often than any of her remaining colleagues, and now that her state — and the country — has resoundingly re-elected the president, she has plenty of reasons to continue.

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Reply The 5 GOP Senators Most Likely To Work With Democrats (Original post)
DonViejo Nov 2012 OP
Silent3 Nov 2012 #1
BlueStreak Nov 2012 #2
craigmatic Nov 2012 #3
Scuba Nov 2012 #4
Silent3 Nov 2012 #5
exboyfil Nov 2012 #6
Awsi Dooger Nov 2012 #7
railsback Nov 2012 #8
Jeff In Milwaukee Nov 2012 #9
PoliticalBiker Nov 2012 #10
Filibuster Harry Nov 2012 #12
Bake Nov 2012 #13
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #18
AlinPA Nov 2012 #11
TroyD Nov 2012 #14
butterfly77 Nov 2012 #15
Cha Nov 2012 #17
Cha Nov 2012 #16
ellisonz Nov 2012 #19

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:55 PM

1. Reform the filibuster...

...and fuck the Republicans who want to use for obstructionism.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 12:59 PM

2. When did Collins cross the aisle in the past 2 years?

Seems to me her "moderation" is overrated.

When they compromise then we'll give them credit. Not a day earlier.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:01 PM

3. I don't believe this nonsense none will work with Obama the turtle has them on a short leash.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:03 PM

4. I'd say Michele Bachman. Coming from her, nothing would surprise me.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:07 PM

5. She's in the House, not the Senate

And at any rate, though she's crazy enough that anything could happen, suddenly being cooperative with Democrats is way, way low on the list of possible manifestations of her insanity.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:11 PM

6. I would make a run at

my Senator Grassley. Obama did win our state by a comfortable margin (5.6%). I would also try Latham in the House. King is a lost cause.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:26 PM

7. I was surprised by Lisa Murkowski's voting record

She detoured at least three times recently, no doubt provoked by the Joe Miller race.

I'm not as confident in Dean Heller. He was vulnerable this time, as a pseudo incumbent running against someone with very strong ties to Las Vegas. We really blew that race by not prioritizing it enough. The way it worked out, we won race after race across the country by margins beyond the polling then donated one in Nevada. Berkley made some mistakes but the party itself should have realized the demographic shift in Clark County made the polling questionable at best, the numbers showing Heller with a decisive lead. Jon Ralston said it could go either way but predicted Heller most likely would win by 1%. That's exactly how I estimated it. Nevada is very easy to handicap, given only two major population areas.

Damn shame because Berkley could have served several terms. Now that seat is most likely lost for the foreseeable.

I don't think Heller will be seriously threatened in 2018, which is a midterm year so the numbers out of Clark County won't be as decisive. It could easily be like Harry Reid barely winning in 1998 against Ensign then cruising relatively unopposed in 2004. Heller was relatively moderate as secretary of state but lurched right when pushed by the GOP. In his first congressional bid he had to withstand a Club for Growth challenge from Sharron Angle, and barely escaped. With six years to work with, I don't expect Heller to be paranoid about casting votes to improve his standing among moderates or independents. I suspect he'll return to the far right or nearby. His concern would be a primary challenge in 2018.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:35 PM

8. Remember, this is a new administration

 

The GOP plan to take back the White House failed miserably. With the changing demographics, McConnell isn't going to have such a tight noose around his caucus any more. There will be more than 5 Senators who will be willing to work with Obama.

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Response to railsback (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 01:51 PM

9. To put it simply: The GOP Leadership Failed

Were I a GOP member of Congress, I would not give two shits for what my leaders told me (particularly if I were in the House and up for re-election next year). I'm going to look at what my constituents want, keeping in mind I may have to fend off a Tea Party challenger.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:08 PM

10. They will still use the fillibuster, BUT...

...Harry Reid NEEDS to MAKE THEM FILLIBUSTER!!

MAKE THEM stand at that podium and speak... make their case, read the phone book, read the financial times... whatever, but make them do what you are supposed to do when you fillibuster.... TALK

This crap about registering a fillibuster then going golfing is bullshit. Let's see what how their resolve is when the senate is kept in session and open while they talk their coward asses off.... let's see if they have the stomach for that!



And while he is at it, Reid needs to change the senate rules back to a simple majority. No more of this super-majority crap the republicrats used to block everything the dems tried to do

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Response to PoliticalBiker (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:18 PM

12. want a true filibuster ...

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Response to Filibuster Harry (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:49 PM

13. Yep. Make 'em stand up and talk all night and all day.

See how many of them have the legs for it.

Bake

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Response to Bake (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:37 PM

18. +1 nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 03:04 PM

11. It is laughable that Lindsey Graham would work with Democrats. I disagree on Susan Collins too.

Teabaggers will primary her out if she goes near the Oval Office or is seen comunicating with Democrats.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:18 PM

14. Susan Collins, like Olympia Snowe, almost always voted with Republicans in the end

While these 2 Senators from Maine did vote for Obama's Supreme Court nominees, and a few other things like ending DADT, in the end they almost always came down on the side of the Republicans.

The Democrats spent months tailoring the ACA to meet Snowe's requests, and then in the end she didn't even vote for it.

So I don't see Collins breaking with the Republicans very often either.

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Response to TroyD (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:25 PM

15. This has been the media's talking point for years..

they do the same thing with lieberman and McCain they continue to play that they are moderate they are moderately full of shit,I agree with you on Collins and Snowe.

Lindsay Graham is another one Graham,McCain and lieberman were the driving forces in keeping the troops in Iraq they were on tv everytime the Dems suggested we leave with their bullshit slogans about "Victory," " Stay the course" Freedom Fries and other nonsense.

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Response to TroyD (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:34 PM

17. Well, those two things were Important! Better than not having

those votes at all.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 06:33 PM

16. We'll see over the next years.. it sounds logical that they might because

of the Blue States they represent. Except for Lindsey.. I believe that when I see it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 09:50 PM

19. Forget cooperation, I want converts.

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