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Obviousman Donating Member (927 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:31 PM
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About the Filibuster
I know a lot of people are saying that we should use our filibuster against Gonzales or Rice, or any range of other issues. But here's the thing.

We get to do it once.

Normally, we could filibuster as many times as we want, but with the slimy GOP that now occupies the senate, after one fillibuster, they will shut it down, and we will NEVER be able to filibuster again as long as the gop is in power.

The key is to use it so as to turn it into a platform to gain seats in the 2006 midterms. If we use it foolishly, the public will support the republicans and view us as obstructionists. Played right, we make the republicans look like tyrants.

For now, hold the lines, and make sure every dem senator votes in one block on major issues until our one and only filibuster is used.
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rqstnnlitnmnt Donating Member (245 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:35 PM
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1. eh, you have to understand the way the senate works
it's way different than the house.

Dems definitely traded something for condi....
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wuushew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:36 PM
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2. Which judges to you think deserve filibustering?
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 07:37 PM by wuushew
If Buschco elevates a current sitting member of the SCOUTS to chief justice then it will be hard stop it based on technical merit since doing so would be a tough sell and mean that those who voted to put that justice there originally were in error.

Additionally given the stink about pandering to pro-lifers to you really think people like Reid would organize such a thing for that purpose?
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papau Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:40 PM
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3. ? the only threat is on Judges - and there is no free first use
on all other Senate activity the filibuster can not be stopped for the next 2 years.

On judges they threaten a ruling from the chair - but we counter that if they do that, it will be the last piece of Senate activity that gets to a vote.

They can force the judges - but at the cost of every other piece of legislation.
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mordarlar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:42 PM
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4. They intend to shut it down anyways we better get on the ball and use it
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Obviousman Donating Member (927 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 07:48 PM
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5. I'm saying lets maximize our 2006 gains by this.
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