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Agreed on Banks and receivership -  but Bernanke just got Time man of the year for averting a Great Depression - so perhaps definitions of free fall can vary.  

Would getting rid of the filibuster not require a 60 vote majority, and why would centrists give up their main source of leverage?

I think the main problem has been his treatment of Lieberman.  That meant all the centrists knew their was no price to be paid for disloyalty and following their own private interests.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Dec 16th, 2009 at 09:02:48 PM EST
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Bernanke just got the Time man of the year award for averting an unpleasant haircut for the people who invite Time reporters to cocktail parties. Averting another Great Depression (on which the jury is still out) has nothing to do with it, one way or another.

Getting rid of the filibuster would require only a change to the house rules, which does not technically speaking require a supermajority. It only requires bullying Reid and the rest of the Senate leadership into it.

Oh, and Lieberman needs to go. The problem with Lieberman is that he was not vigorously opposed in the last midterms, when he had to stand for election. The Democratic party machine ran him, over the heads of the primary result, and the Republicans were only too happy to help.

But I'm a little queasy about using foreign policy threats to browbeat senators. There's a lot of mostly excellent reasons to cease aid to Israel. Power games in the US Senate, however, is not one of them.

And if you really need to get rid of him, I'm sure he has a skeleton somewhere that can be exhumed and put on public display...

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Dec 17th, 2009 at 07:08:12 AM EST
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I still have hope that Bernanke's confirmation will be delayed until his term expires.  If it fails I will laugh my ass off.  That would put the Time Man of the Year award this year in the same category as the "Dewey Wins" headline in '48.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 20th, 2009 at 09:57:34 PM EST
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