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Reid to DFHs: "you talk too much, you nevah shut up" early hip hop groove track

[I]f people think they are going to talk this to death, we are going to be in here all night. This is not something we are going to have a silent filibuster on. If someone wants to filibuster this bill, they are going to do it in the openness of the Senate.

Go read the rest at Glenn's where Reid explains what he 'really meant' by that. I think you already know.

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Submitted by bringiton on

Instead of reading Glen who is always right except when he’s wrong – and he has it wrong this time – go to TPM where they get it right:

Reid Challenges GOP to Filibuster Anti-Immunity Provision

You read it right. Reid is telling the Republicans that they will have to actually filibuster – a real, stand up and talk filibuster – if they want to try and hang onto the immunity provision. Reid is doing the right thing and he needs some support, not condemnation.

Here’s the Cliff Notes version; TPM has the details, including Reid's formal statement.

There are two pending FISA bills.

Judiciary Committee bill does not include immunity, but there are not enough votes to get it brought to the floor (The opposition? A coalition of Republicans and Blue Dogs, again.) so it will get tabled.

Next up is the Intelligence Committee bill, which has enough votes (Republicans + Blue Dogs) to get to the floor, so it will come up for consideration.

When it does, Reid will allow amendments. The first one offered will be the entire Judiciary bill – the one without immunity – as a substitution of the whole, meaning that the name of the bill remains the same but the text is substituted and voilà, no immunity!

Except, of course, the Republicans are threatening to oppose that move, and to do it Reid has set up the rules so that they – the Republicans – will have to filibuster to stop it.

If somehow the Republicans muster enough votes for cloture, meaning the Judiciary text amendment maneuver fails, Reid has more amendments lined up to strip the immunity provision and each of them will be offered under the same actual filibuster rules.

The big stick, and the reason Reid is calling the bills to the floor now, is that the Republican leadership is all set to fly off to Davos for some heavy financial conference lifting and they’ll miss that trip if the filibuster continues, plus the whole Republican caucus is scheduled for a retreat this weekend and Reid has threatened to keep the Senate in session until the FISA issue is resolved regardless.

And because he’s Harry Reid he has offered the Republicans a chance to continue the existing FISA law for another 30 days while they calm down but no, they are opposed to that as well because their Plan B is to maneuver letting the current law expire and then blaming the Democrats for leaving us exposed to some sort of nefarious terrorist plot, with the connivance of the MSM/VRWC megaphone. Yes, the Republicans are crazy.

Harry is doing the best he can with what he has to work with. Please quit picking on him when he’s doing right.