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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 10:05 PM

No Shit. Of COURSE Filibuster Reform Failed. But There's Hope On The Horizon. [View all]

Filibuster reform cratered today, as any thoughtful observer knew it would: elected Democrats have made "we tried but we just can't stop the mean/crazy Republicans! They're so mean and crazy! Really, really mean and crazy!" their standard tactic for about a decade. And it's working great for them - they get to keep their seats because the mean/crazy Republicans look even worse than the "powerless" Democrats, and the 1% get to stay awash in vast torrents of 99% cash sent to them continuing horrific legislation.

So of course any reform that threatened their racket wasn't going to pass. Duh!

God forbid, if the filibuster had returned to being a nontrivial undertaking, elected Democrats would have to actually do stuff. Scary! Risky! Wall Street might be cross with them!

"Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder"
- George Washington

So, for the 99%, a guarantee of at least two more years of continued decline and austerity. Sucks to be us!

We'll get to watch amusing sideshows of Republicans doing staggeringly stupid stuff, and we laugh at them and are happy to not suck as bad as they do, while our country crumbles around us. The ranks of the homeless, the hungry, and the barely-hanging-on swell while we laugh our asses off at Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, and the rest of the crazies. Bread and circuses. But less bread - you know, we all need to sacrifice.

But the news isn't all bad. For the first time in a long time, we finally seem to have a small but coherent group of Democratic senators who really want to do the right thing. Merkley, Udall, Harkin, and Warren tried to help us. And Kerry's likely elected replacement, Ed Markey, can probably be counted on as well.

It's a start!

Moving forward, it's critical that we rank-and-file Democrats work to build upon this small group of FDR Democrats, to expand it until we have a Senate that once again works for working Americans.

I hope that all of DU commits to rebuilding our party back to being the protectors of "the rest of us". No more DLCThirdWay shapeshifting crypto-Republicanism. Enough!

We have a start. We can do this.

Onward!

Regards,

First-Way Manny

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MannyGoldstein Jan 2013 #9
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MannyGoldstein Jan 2013 #22
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