Reid Discusses Reconciliation . . . With Ben Nelson, Landrieu and Lincoln

This strikes me as quite good news:

[E]arlier in the day, in a meeting about floor procedure going forward, [Senate Majority Leader] Reid let three of the key skeptics within his party know that if they join Republicans at any stage of the process to block the bill, he still retains the option of passing major parts of the bill through the filibuster proof budget reconciliation process. In response to a question from TPMDC Nelson told reporters that, at a meeting this afternoon with Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Reid "talked about process, procedure, discussion about reconciliation and a whole host of issues of that sort."

"Nobody's really jumping up and down to push for reconciliation," Nelson said, "he's not threatening that, but anybody can conclude that if you don't move something on to the floor, that is one of the possibilities."

(Emphasis supplied.) Important that people get that message. Good on Reid.

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    I'd like to see him force a real filibuster, (none / 0) (#1)
    by allimom99 on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 06:43:08 PM EST
    if only for the theater of it, unless the Stupak language remains, which should kill it.

    You know who needs to discuss reconciliation? (none / 0) (#2)
    by Steve M on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 06:53:42 PM EST
    Levi and the Palins, that's who!

    Gawd no (none / 0) (#3)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 06:56:03 PM EST
    I've been tweaking today but no more. I am so sick of them all. They're my new Jon and Kate. Just go away!

    Hee hee (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Steve M on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 06:57:36 PM EST
    There is no thread that cannot be Palinified!  Also, we've secretly replaced BTD's Chris Dodd video with a Roman Polanski trailer, let's see if he notices.

    They could do it on (none / 0) (#5)
    by Radiowalla on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 06:58:40 PM EST
    Larry King Live!  We could all watch!  It could be done on Sweeps Week!

    Is Jerry Springer still on TV? (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 09:20:07 PM EST
    OMG, what a bore (none / 0) (#6)
    by andgarden on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 08:10:12 PM EST
    Shriek!!!!! (none / 0) (#7)
    by Zorba on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 08:10:44 PM EST
    I am getting as sick (if not sicker) of anything to do with Palin et al. as I was of Roman Polanski.  Help, help, I'm being abused!  ;-)

    Forget it Zorba, it's Palintown (none / 0) (#8)
    by andgarden on Wed Nov 18, 2009 at 08:21:31 PM EST
    D'you suppose Reid (none / 0) (#10)
    by gyrfalcon on Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 12:43:48 AM EST
    has suddenly grown a backbone somehow?

    I wonder if the reconciliation (none / 0) (#11)
    by nycstray on Thu Nov 19, 2009 at 01:00:11 AM EST
    talk had anything to do with it? He's been a total wimp and if they went that route with Schumer leading, where does he stand for re-election?