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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-16-06 01:27 PM
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8. Same stunt the Republicans pulled in the Oregon legislature
A majority of the ruling caucus had to be behind anything that came to the House or Senate floor, effectively blowing up any chance of "bipartisanship" or "let's do what's best for the state." Instead, it's a sure-fire recipe for the most extreme elements of the ruling party to run the whole show. If a proposal doesn't garner the majority support of the ruling party, it's dead in the water. And because the Elephant soars over all when it comes to the Republicans, the most extreme elements can threaten their fellow Republicans with all sorts of nastiness if they stray from the party line. And deliver on that nastiness, as well.

Regardless of what the Democrats propose, or any legislation that would garner full Democratic support and 50% minus 1 support of the Republicans, the legislation dies before it can ever hit the floor for one of those sacrosanct "up or down" votes the Republicans are always squalling about.

Now that their death-grip on the levers of power is starting to slip out of their blood-stained hands, look for the Republicans to make all kinds of whiny noises about "bipartisanship" and "collegiality," notions they've despised for the past 12 years.
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