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The beauty of boring

Neil Sinhababu writes:

As I watch Republicans complain about it, I'm really starting to warm to the boringness of the name. When you incorporate the words "budget reconciliation" into some political attack you're making, its emotional appeal drops by about 70%. And if you're using the word "reconciliation" alone, well, that's a six-syllable word for what two people do when they want to start being nice to each other. Convincing a non-tuned-in swing voter that he should dislike Democrats or universal health care because of reconciliation is going to be a comically difficult task.

By Ezra Klein  |  March 4, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
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Isn't that why they're calling it "the nuclear option", when it really isn't, or "ramming the bill through"?

It's possible that when voters hear "ramming the bill through" they think "Now what does that mean?" and then tune out once they hear the words "reconciliation". Of course, it's also possible that they don't know what "reconciliation" means but just assume it must be bad if it means the bill is "rammed" through against the loud objections of so many Republicans.

Sure hope I'm wrong though.

Posted by: MosBen | March 4, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

yes, neil is right!

it is hard to create choleric drama out of the beauty of boring, and something that is intrinsically good and right.
we are moving into a good place,

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.

~~~~~simple gifts

through all of this turning and turning,
we are going to come round right.

Posted by: jkaren | March 4, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that Obama never uses the R word.

Posted by: RobT1 | March 4, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I agree. "Reconciliation" is descriptive, informative and blandly unpartisan.

Posted by: gagkk | March 4, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I was going to say exactly what MosBen said.

And if 75% of our population doesn't know what the filibuster is, it is a pretty good bet that any temporary increase in the knowledge of average Americans about Senate procedure will quickly go the way of McCain and how many houses he owns once the bill is passed.

Posted by: flounder2 | March 4, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I was at a DC health reform rally, when someone started an updated, 60s-style chant:

2 - 4 - 6 - 8
Time To Reconciliate!

Posted by: BriRosman | March 4, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The GOP won't have to craft attack ads with the word "reconciliation" in them- they'll craft attack ads talking about how the black guy is ramming his giant bill down your throat. And maybe, just maybe, Joe Klein will agree that Andrew Sullivan is right about how that's coded language designed to appeal to the psycho-sexual fears of self-described "independent voters" ages 35-60.

Posted by: corrections | March 4, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I also disagree. The political attacks will use the words Loophole, Bypassing, Partisan, all that.

Posted by: neilinottawa | March 4, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Convincing a non-tuned-in voter of ANYTHING, unfortunately, is NOT a difficult task ... it's simply a continuous loop of emotionally charged buzz words surrounding the bland and boring term ... and voila! Success!

Posted by: onewing1 | March 4, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

the last poll i saw was overwhelmingly against using reconciliation (NOT A SIMPLE MAJORITY although i really can't argue the simple part). but the real crucial number was that only 9% didn't know what it was and/or was undecided. the president is wrong again the people do care about the process.

also the examples that dims and the lamestream media are citing are completely irrelevant. once the two bills they cite actually were aallowed to go to vote, they passed with 85 and 78 votes, alot different than 51-50 with biden breaking the tie. not to mention that 73% want them to start over (50%) or do nothing (23%).

the BIG difference is we the people wanted the aforementioned bills/reforms, and we don't want this so much we are actually protesting and learning how to organize, in other words rising up, how dare us demand our representative gov't actually represnt our wishes. hurry november and january's swearing in of new blood and voting out of peelousy and? reid, we can only hope and support conservatives in the primaries and lesser of two evils when we lose one. no third party to divide us let the libs and progs fight it out to their political deaths. united we can take both back and politically do to obaMULLHA what jessie jackson wanted to do physically

Posted by: shorething | March 4, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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