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The Hill is running an interesting insider-ish report on how the Democrat leadership in both the Senate and the House still haven’t quite coordinated their message. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid wants to focus on attacking the GOP “nuclear option,” that is, the procedural move to strip away the filibuster in the upper chamber. Meanwhile, House Democrats, led by San Francisco’s own Nancy Pelosi, want to create a larger narrative about Republican overreach, focusing on Tom DeLay’s still-unraveling scandal problems, and think a focus on the “nuclear option” is too narrow. Seems like there should be some way to split the difference—both Tom DeLay and the “nuclear option,” after all, are of a piece with a dangerously overreaching Republican majority that believes the rules need not apply.

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