I was heartened to see Obama going fairly big on the gun violence issue--but in ways the large majority of Americans support. He should do this for immigration reform too, and Harry Reid should have his back. Same for the other big issues of the day. Sure, going "big" lessens the chance that the current House will pass something. Fine. These issues can wait two years for a Democratic house, because that's what we'll have if the current House keeps thwarting the will of the vast majority of the American people by not even bringing popular bills up for a vote. It would be better to get meaningful reform the next congress than some watered down BS in this one. Or, maybe, continuing to go "big" will force Boehner to officially bury the cancer on democracy that is the Hastert rule ("we only bring up bills that can pass without ANY Democratic support") and the somewhat less cancerous Delay Rule ("we only bring up bills with support of the majority of Republican caucus"). That way, genuinely good things can get passed in the current congress with mostly Democratic support, as with Sandy aid. Boehner's locked in as Speaker for this congress. Don't see how it's in his interest keep honoring these informal rules if the cost is the Dems taking over the House in 2014. And he's getting close to an age where he must be thinking about retirement. Why not go down in history as a Speaker who actually got meaningful things done, instead of as a cowardly incompetent who continued to empower to the most destructive elements of the Republican party, and in so doing handed the House back to the Democrats? Nice legacy. Gordon66
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