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November 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Midterm election: Republicans invent their own rules

What Republican majority? [“Discontented voters hand Senate to Republicans,” Nation & World, Nov. 4]. Please recall that four years ago, obstructionist Republicans invented the permanent 60-seat majority in the Senate.

Even the most optimistic result of Tuesday’s election puts them way below that magic number. Did Republicans really think that they could dish out the medicine and never have to take it themselves?

But based on their minimal gains, Republican tea-party activists are dreaming up a right-wing America that I believe most Washingtonians, even Republicans, won’t want to live in.

If Republican leadership doesn’t learn the real meaning of compromise and work around the party extremists, this election should result in nothing more than the rearrangement of a few deck chairs. Only now the captain’s hat of the Titanic sits firmly on the head of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

I suggest that Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell start reviewing their copies of “Filibuster: Rules & Regulations”.

Hans Aschenbach, Bellevue

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