A couple of useful ideas for dealing with Congress, via TPM.
The Endless Disappointment
Up or Down Votes. That is a phrase not used. Conservatives like to play on fairness is all things. This will turn the matter. As noted, it may not work on Job bills and Health Care, but when it comes to appointments and posts, it may carry favor across the country. This phrase should be being used by Dems. Why isn't it?
Pressure should be put on the few Republicans left that are in non Republican strongholds. The pressure from the RNC and tea baggers is strong. But making it hard to keep independents and more conservative Dems less likely to give support may be enough to turn matters. But it seems like a longer term plan.