Lesson one for Obama: "House Republicans are furniture"

There is an alternative, of course, advocated by a rising number of House liberals: Forget 60, allow the GOP to filibuster itself blue and see what happens.

“At some point the president is going to have to tell Senate Republicans, ‘Go out and filibuster this bill, I dare you!’ said New York Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel. “I mean he’s got all those supporters out in the country, he’s got all his minions, and he needs to enlist them and just let the Republicans filibuster.”

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