Dr Dreidel: You appear to be optimistic about "things returning to normal". Assuming nothing happens to the filibuster (remember the last 2 times they've thought about reworking it?) and the houses stay about where they are or are projected to be (House: GOP+40ish, Senate: Dems+6), what is the reason for this optimism?
SineSwiper: Dr Dreidel: You appear to be optimistic about "things returning to normal". Assuming nothing happens to the filibuster (remember the last 2 times they've thought about reworking it?) and the houses stay about where they are or are projected to be (House: GOP+40ish, Senate: Dems+6), what is the reason for this optimism?Did you not click on that link? The senate cannot change senate rules with a simple majority EXCEPT during the beginning of each Congress. There's only a new Congress every 2 years. Harry Reid has previously been against changing the filibuster because it's been an important tool of Senate politics for decades. Hence, any talk about changing the filibuster rules has been shot down by the majority leader himself.
Mi-5: The Stealth Hippopotamus: And Harry Reid says he'll block anything that Romney wants. Don't you just love the two party system?!LOVE HARRY REID. I give him shiat every once in a while since he represents my home state, but I love that guy. Proud of him and I hope he would give any Romney Presidency shiat for 4 years.I certainly hope we don't have to endure the ass-pain of a disastrous Romney/Ryan White House, but if we did, I'm sure Harry will give them a good old Nevada bristlecone pine right up the ass.
Dr Dreidel: I know they were talking about it in 2008 and in 2010 (with the new Congresses then). I couldn't remember if they also talked about it in 2006 (remember all the "nuclear option" talk when Dems were gearing up to filibust Bush's judicial nominees?). Basically, this is the same argument people made before Congress was seated the last 2 times, and were making waves about needing a change the time before.I won't believe that they'd change the filibuster, until they actually hold a vote or publish the alternate version of the rules they'll be presenting in advance of that vote.
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