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Tyranny of the Majority Leader
National Review Online, by Dave Hoppe

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Posted By:MissMolly, 7/3/2014 2:06:29 PM

Patience and reliability are the defining characteristics of successful leadership in the Senate. Good Senate majority leaders work through the rules of the Senate, which protect minority rights, to find a way to please a majority (or possibly a supermajority) of senators and move legislation and nominations to passage. They keep their commitments to open debate, even when their partisan colleagues would prefer to use simple majority power to crush the minority and avoid tough votes or compromises. The Senate once prided itself on being “the world’s greatest deliberative body.” That it no longer is. According to the Congressional Research Service,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 7/3/2014 6:05:27 PM     (No. 9910112)

It is "A Senate of One"- the 99 others are superfluous bumps on logs. Dummies.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 7/3/2014 7:51:55 PM     (No. 9910218)

I think Obama is taking advantage of a very sick and demented man.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: horacer, 7/3/2014 8:17:43 PM     (No. 9910235)

I´m not sure his examples with Trent Lott are the best he could have used. I want Harry Reid gone. I know that means McConnell is the majority leader. Right now I think McConnell is pond scum. That´s better than what I think of Reid. Mississippi is a wound that won´t heal soon. I still want Obamacare repealed. I want a new tax code, real entitlement reform. In the short term the only option I see is the GOP. If they take control of all branches in 2016 and don´t deliver I´m done with them.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 7/4/2014 1:37:37 AM     (No. 9910473)

If the Republicans take control and don´t deliver, #3, the country is done.

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