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https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/01/22/politics/senate-power-sharing-schumer-mcconnell/index.html

Based on this, it seems that the Republicans hold all the power? Why would they compromise on anything if the default is to maintain rules from the rules of the last Senate? If Schumer won’t give McConnell the filibuster rule he wants, then aren’t all the cards in McConnell’s hands since that would just mean that the republicans are in control since the rules follow that last congress until a power sharing agreement is reached? There is no rush on the Republicans part to form any agreement.

Am I missing something?

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Re: What Happens if the Senate does not reach a Power Sharing Agreement?
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2021, 02:32:10 PM »
Public perception is everything and there are boundaries the politicians don't want to cross so it doesn't come back at them when they're on the opposite side, as McConnell wouldn't abolish the filibuster when Trump pressured him although it was in their short term interest
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Re: What Happens if the Senate does not reach a Power Sharing Agreement?
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2021, 02:38:09 PM »
Public perception is everything and there are boundaries the politicians don't want to cross so it doesn't come back at them when they're on the opposite side, as McConnell wouldn't abolish the filibuster when Trump pressured him although it was in their short term interest
I would add, that mcconnell might prefer to be the underdog for the next couple of years, in order to perform better in midterms

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Re: What Happens if the Senate does not reach a Power Sharing Agreement?
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2021, 03:57:12 PM »
All said is true, but obv they wont be able to operate on old senate rules for the next two years. The only point I am making is, McConnell still holds all the cards. He can hold out as long as he wants until Schumer agrees to his turns. There is no "rush" for him to compromise.

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Re: What Happens if the Senate does not reach a Power Sharing Agreement?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2021, 03:59:39 PM »
All said is true, but obv they wont be able to operate on old senate rules for the next two years. The only point I am making is, McConnell still holds all the cards. He can hold out as long as he wants until Schumer agrees to his turns. There is no "rush" for him to compromise.
The more you do that the more you open the door for Democrats to push through ever more radical legislation through processes they do control like reconciliation. Maybe McConnell has the keys, but if he doesn't hand them over, he will legitimize breaking down the door.
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Re: What Happens if the Senate does not reach a Power Sharing Agreement?
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2021, 09:19:24 PM »
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