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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 06:17 PM

36. A Huge Mistake

Harry Reid made a huge mistake with this agreement.

First off, I thought a majority means a majority. We should be able to move our agenda with 51 votes when we control the Senate, and live with it when the Repubs are in charge. The use of fear to justify this piece of crap by saying that we wouldn't have Roe Vrs. Wade if we had 51 votes is nonsense. Yes, in a perfect world, we would have lots of gentleman"s agreements and understanding that one side wouldn't screw the other, but let's get real here. This ain't your father's Senate, and it is the crazy ass Republicans we are talking with here. Making a gentleman's agreement with Mitch McConnell is like a gazelle with a newborn calf making an agreement to pass safely through the territory of the local lion pride.

We should have jumped on this one with both feet. We had the momentum of Obama's reelection, a working majority in the Senate, and the approval of the American public at our backs. Now I am afraid that the next four years will be very close to the last, with Republicans blocking far more of the President's agenda than they should be able to do. I'm afraid we can say goodbye to things like meaningful gun control.

I want to congratulate Sen. Harkin, Sen. Merkley, and others in the Progressive Caucus who had the balls to stand up for meaningful change. I'm getting real fucking tired of hearing lectures on the sasuage making process from moderate Democrats who are just too scared of their shadow to make a move. If not now, when?

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