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Senate Democrats Paralyzed by Fear of Mid-Term Voters

Obama is busy trying to blame Republicans for not much getting done in Washington; however, as the AP is reporting, it's actually Democrats paralyzed by the fear people might figure out what they're really up to that has work in the Senate on hold.

A fear of voting has gripped Democratic leaders in the Senate, slowing the chamber's modest productivity this election season to a near halt.

With control of the Senate at risk in November, leaders are going to remarkable lengths to protect endangered Democrats from casting tough votes and to deny Republicans legislative victories in the midst of the campaign. The phobia means even bipartisan legislation to boost energy efficiency, manufacturing, sportsmen's rights and more could be scuttled.

It certainly seems as though current Majority Leader Harry Reid likes to run his mouth when he has the podium, most especially about the Koch brothers, unfortunately, debate doesn't seem to be something he's willing to tolerate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., now is requiring an elusive 60-vote supermajority to deal with amendments to spending bills, instead of the usual simple majority, a step that makes it much more difficult to put politically sensitive matters into contention. This was a flip from his approach to Obama administration nominees, when he decided most could be moved ahead with a straight majority instead of the 60 votes needed before.

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