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August 26, 2009


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"For one thing, it would single-handedly make the magic number 51 votes, not 60, since it would be suicidal for the GOP to filibuster the culmination of the last Kennedy brother's lifelong crusade" Much like Ronald Reagan dying did not stampede Democrats into voting 180 degrees against their general belifs. Does he actually know any Republicans?

I would imagine he does, but as one of my profs used to say, "I've never had lunch with Congress. I've had lunch with members of Congress." Making the obvious point that there are no blocs, just collections of individuals with their own particular motives. It may very well be that "Republicans" are not persuaded, but that enough Senate Republicans are that it makes cloture easier.

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