But if, on the other hand, Lieberman filibusters the vote for final passage, that will have come after weeks of floor debate, amendments, and compromising on all sorts of issues. This would be a very, very serious blow to health care reform. And it makes this a much more expensive bluff to call.
Is that literally literally? Or figuratively literally?
Has Lieberman sided with the Democrats on any significant issue since becoming an independent?
I'm starting to get the feeling that many people who call themselves independents these days are actually de facto Republicans who want to sound like they're above the fray
They always have been. "Independent" in America is a code word that means "somewhere toward the right end of the Republican spectrum, and also TOO GODDAMN BALLSY to identify as belonging to anything as pussified as an organized political party."
In current practice, Senate Rule 22 permits filibusters in which actual continuous floor speeches are not required, although the Senate Majority Leader may require an actual traditional filibuster if he or she so chooses.
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