Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

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Senate Rules Reform

January 27th, 2011 · Comments Off

Not terribly surprising, but there won’t be major Senate rules reform, let alone filibuster reform, this session. David Dayen has a post up about the deal, which can only be viewed as an early sign of the sort of fecklessness we’ll see from Democrats in the 112th Congress. Sen. Reid thanked his colleagues in the […]

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Honest Men in Washington

December 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

Matt Taibbi’s post yesterday praising the honest and conviction of Senator Bernie Sanders is a great reminder that these are characteristics politicians are capable of possessing in genuine ways. Taibbi writes: I can live with the president fighting for something and failing; what I can’t stand is a politician who changes his mind for the […]

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Playing Two Different Games

December 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Politico’s Mike Allen: Gibbs, to Meredith Vieira, on ‘Today': ‘The president believes that somewhere in all of this, we can find common ground. … The American people … didn’t vote in November for gridlock.’ The entire GOP Senate caucus: Senate Republicans intend to block action on virtually all Democratic-backed legislation unrelated to tax cuts and […]

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Pelosi Sticks Around

November 5th, 2010 · Comments Off

This is just great news. Speaker Pelosi has announced that she will run for Minority Leader and, per Greg Sargent, “her candidacy is partly about protecting the legacy of Dem accomplishments, and partly about ensuring that Dems show the fortitude and spine that will be required to resist the GOP urge to repeal them.” Sargent […]

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Speaker Pelosi

November 4th, 2010 · Comments Off

Speaker Pelosi says she has no regrets from the last Congress, including the passage of “healthcare reform, student lending reform, financial regulatory reform, credit card reform and the stimulus, even if it meant losing their House majority.” I think we’ll see how all their hard work plays out in the long term. Jonathan Singer is […]

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The Consequences of Franken

September 7th, 2010 · Comments Off

Dave Weigel makes a very solid and under-made observation that the consequences of Al Franken not being seated in January 2009 were dramatic on the ability of Democrats to pass their agenda in a timely and effective fashion. If Franken had eked out another 1000 votes in Minnesota, or if Republicans simply decided not to […]

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Build A Larger Case

July 30th, 2010 · Comments Off

Greg Sargent is right: All I’m saying is that raging against successful Republican efforts to block individual Dem initiatives isn’t enough. Raging about GOP obstructionism in general isn’t enough, either. The point is that Dems need to build an effective larger case that transcends individual issues and reckons more directly with the strategy underlying all […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Republicans

Filibuster Reform

July 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

Chris Bowers is doing really interesting work tracking votes in the Senate for meaningful filibuster reform. The post he has up today looks at the appearance of Democratic opponents to reform. The list is an interesting one, ranging from conservatives who tend to oppose progressives regardless the issue (Nelson, Pryor) to senators who benefit from […]

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“I Weep For My Country”

June 28th, 2010 · Comments Off

Rest in peace, Senator Byrd.

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Tags: Congress · Democrats · Iraq

Congress & The People

April 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

In the middle of a must-read article by Ryan Grim and Arthur Delaney on Huffington Post, Rep. Tom Perriello has what I believe is a fundamentally true quote about the American people and politics: “Part of the problem is that we often take this “What’s The Matter With Kansas?” approach that assumes that people are […]

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Tags: Congress · Democrats