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Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:36 PM

Joe Biden May Have Only Two Years To Get Things Done

In the Senate in recent decades, the filibuster has morphed from the long-winded speeches portrayed by Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” into a silent but lethal tool that lets any one senator raise the threshold for passing bills from a simple majority (where the framers set it) to a supermajority of 60 votes.

The harsh reality is that when the dust settles on the chaos and violence that marked the end of the Trump presidency, Republican senators will have the same powerful incentives to deny Mr. Biden the 10 or so votes he will need, in addition to all 50 Democrats, to pass most bills in the Senate.

With Republicans needing just a handful of seats to take back majorities in the House and Senate, they will seek to make Democrats look feckless and ride voter discontent to gains in the 2022 midterms. In all but three times since 1914, the party that won the White House — in this case, the Democrats — loses House seats in the midterms. The next two years may be Mr. Biden’s best and perhaps only window to pass his agenda.

He can choose to avoid this fate, all while restoring the institution he spent 36 years in and empowering moderates. He and his fellow Senate Democrats can choose to reform the filibuster.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/20/opinion/democrats-filibuster-congress-mcconnell.html

Interesting history of the filibuster & how it became Standard Operating Procedure.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:38 PM

1. I don't understand , the Senate makes it own rules? Can't they just kill the filibuster.

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Response to TristanIsolde (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:43 PM

3. Yes, and they 'debate' about it regularly.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:39 PM

2. 2022 is N.O.W. Hoping fundraising begins NOW. #urgent nt

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:52 PM

4. OMG!! The sky is falling!!

It's Day Two. What has Joe accomplished? I don't have my $2,000 or my vaccine. Children are still in cages (probably). The Jan 6 terrorists haven't been tried and convicted yet. Mitch McConnell is still Mitch McConnell. Why hasn't his head contracted completely into his body? OMGOMG. White supremacists are running free, and there are still billionaires? What gives? Did anyone make sure Ben Carson actually left? Could he still be on the job? Oh. My. God.

Joe has only two weeks to accomplish everything. I mean everything. No just campaign promises, but reducing sea level rise, eradicating all disease, redistributing wealth, raising the minimum wage to $18,000 an hour. What is he waiting for? Has he gone golfing? I expected so much more. OMG! OMG!!

Has he even expanded the Supreme Court? More important, has he even tried?

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Response to matt819 (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 01:06 PM

7. Looking at the landscape is not panicking

Those of us worried about the filibuster and being able to pass legislation are kind of stating the obvious.

I don’t think democratic leadership misses that point either. I read earlier that the hold up in the power sharing agreement is because McConnell is insisting that the filibuster is untouched and Schumer is rightfully refusing.

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Response to matt819 (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 10:24 AM

12. Ha! Great post, laughed my ass off. Yeah, he's got lots of time to undo the tragedy of Trumpism.

I do think however the Capitol riots will change enough voter's minds to our side in 2022 to change the historical losses as noted.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 12:58 PM

5. this is a good point. However, the past did not have Trump, so many repug traitors, and covid

and we now have organizers like Stacy Abrams in Georgia who have shown how to achieve the impossible. I think we can actually make our own history by working relentlessly to win more seats in the midterms.

It's a must.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 01:05 PM

6. You know how du is.a poster predicts doom and gloom over everything so they can (If it happens )

Point to their post and say see I told you so.
No matter what there's always this guy "oh my god this very good thing that happened for us could be very bad. You'll see "

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 09:05 PM

11. Huh?

The editorial offered a suggestion to reform the filibuster in the face of more-than-likely GOP obstruction of Biden's agenda. It didn't predict inevitable "doom and gloom" & neither did I. Like all DUers, I fervently wish the president every success in rescuing us from the bottom of the deep well we were left in.

You need to refrain from trying (unsuccessfully) to read people's minds & falsely interpreting motivation.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 01:37 PM

8. All eyes on Joe Manchin. Nt

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 03:02 PM

9. Ny understanding is that the Democratic Senate leadership will hold the threat of ending the

filibuster entirely as a means to force compromise. If that fails, the filibuster goes out.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2021, 05:32 PM

10. well no shit

it's the established pattern - repukes go on spending sprees and leave complete wreckage, then Dems have to make the hard choices which are held against them at mid-terms.

THIS IS WHY JOE SHOULD WASTE NO TIME.

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Response to Lord Ludd (Original post)

Fri Jan 22, 2021, 12:11 PM

13. So don't waste any time

I think Biden saw Obama a little slow out of the gate in '08 (you know, the "Angry Black Man" thing) and he ain't doin' that, this time.

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