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dissolve the senate?

Um, doesn't this "compromise" on the filibuster in the Senate sound a lot like giving up? The Democrats agree to only filibuster in "extraordinary" circumstances and the Republicans assert that they can still change the rules in the future.

Apparently Priscilla Owen wasn't actually an "extraordinary" case in the first place? At least not as extreme as the prospect of a Senate slumber party:

The import of the moment permeated the Senate atmosphere throughout the day. Democrats and Republicans rolled in cots for what was looming as an all-night session, though aides said they were uncertain any senators would be using them. And both Democrats and Republicans planned showings of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [nyt]
Perhaps if they'd offered to do a screening of Revenge of the Sith people would have been willing to stick around?

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