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Harkin, Again, Hints At Consequences For Off-The-Reservation Chairmen

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That's even more explicit than his warning, two months ago, that Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) might face repercussions for dragging out the health care reform process for months as chairman of the Finance Committee.

"Every two years the caucus could have a secret ballot on whether a chairman should continue, yes or no," Harkin said. "If the 'no's win, [the chairman's] out.

Of course, the question is, How many Democrats feel the same way?

(H/T: Washington Independent)

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