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September 21st, 2009


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07:49 pm - health care v assholes
so near as i can tell, the senate healthcare fight is coming down to if they get 60 votes they can pass it or otherwise they have to finagle it through an appropriations bill which is clearly a bullshit political move. but there's an obvious 3rd option that everyone seems to have forgotten about - just suck it up and wait out the filibusters. it's been done before. for example, strom thurmond filibustered a civil rights bill for a full freaking 24 hours, but eventually he gave up or passed out or died or something, and then the bill passed. this has an added benefit: people who filibuster for long enough tend to look like obstructionist assholes. so sure, by all means try and get a supermajority to sign on to it, but if getting a worthwhile bill passed means <60 votes, then just stick to your damn guns for once in your political lives. they can't talk forever.
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From:thesnark
Date:September 22nd, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
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Damn. Truer words rarely spoken. They're giving you an excellent education at that school Lyndon Larouche dropped out of.
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From:kingnixon
Date:September 22nd, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
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i really feel like northeastern should find a way to wring some PR out of that fact.
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From:crschmidt
Date:September 22nd, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
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Agreed, and a lot of other people agree with you too. Unfortunately, from what I understand, the Senate Majority Leader and the Whip are both cowardly in this particular regard, and have completely avoided calling the republicans on their "filibuster or bust!" claims.

Ah well. Stupid politics.
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From:kingnixon
Date:September 22nd, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
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who has actually said they will filibuster? i don't remember ever hearing anyone specifically make the threat
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From:kingnixon
Date:September 23rd, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
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i miss you tooo come to boston

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