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Response to jeff47 (Reply #53)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 11:34 PM

56. There simply is no evidence that is the case

I wish it was, but as someone who spends a lot of my time up on the Hill working on legislative matters, I can tell you its not. If a bill has bipartisan support in the Senate, maybe it gives some of the House repubs cover to jump ship. But you've got to get 17 repubs and hold onto all of the Democrats, which is a high hurdle these days. And if the bill passes the Senate without bipartisan support, the repubs, have more to fear from a primary than from Democrats due to gerrymandering, will feel little pressure to jump ship and go with the Democrats.

Its just wishful thinking to think that, until we recapture the House (or narrow the margin to just a couple of votes), that getting a bill through the Senate with fewer than five republicans would put any significant pressure on House repubs to compromise.

There is a saying up on the Hill these days: McConnell has to herd cats. But Boehner has to herd feral cats.

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