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Posted by sofa king in General Discussion: Presidency
Wed Feb 16th 2011, 09:39 AM
All this Republican attack on the middle class is doing, and is going to do, is further push the vast majority of the American people into our ranks for the 2012 election. Why? Because the way Congress is set up, none of this crap Republican legislation is going to go anywhere.

I've been watching the past several months in admiration, because it's easy for me to see that the Democratic plan for 2012 was plotted out even before the last election. But what I didn't realize is that practically nobody understands how Congress works. Not the idiot talking heads on CNN, nor the print journalists, and especially not the frothing commentary here at DU and elsewhere.

There are at least three different ways all this legislation is going to be strangled in the crib. Let's assume the moonbats run the House and every bad Republican idea passes there. Once it gets to the Senate, it can be 1) sent to a quiet death in Democratically controlled committees and subcommittees, where it will never be brought to a vote; 2) for bills where we can get some mileage out of killing them directly, they can be brought to the Senate floor for a full vote, where they will be killed with much fanfare. "Dems save women!" is going to be one recurring theme we'll see over and over.

Or, 3), the language of the bill can be subtly changed, or hung with riders changing, diluting, or reversing the original intent of the legislation. Then the bill has to go into conference between House and Senate, and the Republicans will be faced with the prospect of having to compromise their original bill out of existence, or voting down their own bill.

Since their voters are even less in touch with the actual workings of Congress, they're even more likely to be disgusted when their Cadillac of a bill comes back as a Chevy Chevette on blocks. More of them stay at home in 2012, while more of us, the fires of our outrage burning with the intensity of a thousand suns, go to vote in numbers that cannot be statistically explained away, as they were in 2004.

If there are hard decisions to make, we get to blame the Republicans for them. They take all the flak while providing the President and Dems in Congress with the chance to look moderate and sane. We also get to pick and choose among dozens of former Bush Administration criminals to prosecute, to keep us ahead should their media manipulation skills improve.

Many of us here at DU have been pointing out that the greed of the Republicans prevents them from running government effectively, and we're seeing it right now. The genius of President Obama is that, time after time, he finds a way to pivot the issue on that Republican greed, knowing that they'll sacrifice everything else--including their viability in the next election--to pay off their benefactors.
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