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Old 10-31-2010, 02:01 PM
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Default Re: Diavlog of the Damned (Dave Weigel & Dan Foster)

Originally Posted by kezboard View Post
I may be slightly wrong on this, but it's my understanding that historically, leadership positions in the Senate have been based on seniority, and one of the important things that happened around 1994 was that the Republicans stopped doing that and started paying more attention to political strategy in their leadership picks. I'm sure there's always been a certain amount of political strategy in it, but as far as I know the whole genteel Senate comity tradition thing is a large factor in Harry Reed's being chosen.
The committee chairs are based on seniority, but not the leadership positions.

Since there's only about three Democratic Senators willing to get rid of the filibuster we're in for another two years of gridlock even if the Democrats keep Congress. This should make Democrats extremely angry.
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