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Could Republicans Finesse Reid and Obama on Finance Reform?

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Yesterday, one of my MSNBC favorites, Dylan Ratigan was agreeing with Republican curmudgeon, Senator Jim Bunning, that the finance reform Dodd had put on the table was not enough.
To be fair, senators on the left, like Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown are also pushing for more than is already on the table.
Will the Cards Chris Dodd Dealt Stand up to the Filibuster Gamble the Republicans are Using to Finesse the Dems?
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But the point of this article is that the Dems are gambling. They don't have a great "hand" going into this brinkmanship episode, forcing the Republicans to filibuster. The "shitty" legislation (to borrow Carl Levin's use of Goldman Sachs email words) that Chris Dodd has brought from committee is not close to good enough. That's not surprising. Dodd is a bankster whore and not to be trusted. Is there one person in America who doesn't think Dodd's going to be working for the finance industry after he leaves the senate? If the Dems are really serious about finance reform that should add an amendment that stipulates that any senator who leaves the senate and works for an company or organization remotely related to any committee he's been on in any capacity will lose ALL his government benefits for the rest of his life, and that should include an lobbying firm.
Getting back from my Dodd-digression, I am wondering whether the Democrats have gone far enough. At this point, the Republicans can filibuster until tougher standards are included in the legislation. They can even filibuster until the legislation is WEAKENED and STILL claim it is better, that their stubborness helped Americans. They're lying like that routinely now.
Are Reid and Obama clever enough to pierce this strategy and take the ind out that message? I'm not sure. So far, they have not been very effective in overcoming right wing messaging. Clearly, they are working harder at it, attacking the messaging faster and more aggressively. But the pattern that is beginning to emerge may put the Dems behind the eightball, holding onto a strategy they thought was smart but that, by trusting an untrustworthy Chris Dodd, leads them to being in a worse place than they were in. The sad thing is, if the Republican strategy works, the Dems are already too late.
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