What Is Even the Point of Trying to Make Pelosi Speaker?

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 9:08 am

President Obama went to a DCCC fundraiser and told all the big donors about how he needed Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House again. He claimed it would be a “whole lot easier to govern” if she were. While the line was meant to get donors to open their wallets, it is so [...]

Senate Democrats Really Don’t Want to Govern

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 12:29 pm

Millions of voters  across the country gave Democrats a majority in the Senate this past November.  They gave Democrats the power to fully govern the chamber. Democrats in the Senate were handed the ability to pass any bill they wanted and approve any nominee by President Obama they deem qualified. Today the Senate Democratic caucus decided [...]

Making Decisions Based on Who Can Talk the Longest Is Only a Slightly Less Stupid Way to Run a Country

By: Friday November 16, 2012 10:21 am

The Senate Democrats are starting to get serious about reforming the Senate rules to make the chamber slightly less idiotic. One of the changes they are thinking about making is forcing the minority who wants to filibuster a bill to actually speak continuously on the Senate floor. From the Huffington Post: [Sen. Jeff] Merkley said [...]

Why Merely “Reforming” the Filibuster Is Stupid

By: Monday July 23, 2012 11:03 am

Don’t get me wrong, I think the filibuster is awful. It makes a mockery of the principles of democracy. It destroys democratic accountability. It enable politicians to make false promises they will never need to make good on. It has crippled our government. It even inherently violates the clear intent of the Constitution. That is [...]

Harry Reid Calls for Filibuster Reform

By: Friday May 11, 2012 9:09 am

In a rather monumental development Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called for the filibuster to be reformed on the Senate floor. From Politico: “If there were ever a time when Tom Udall and Jeff Merkley were prophetic, it’s tonight,” Reid said on the floor. “These two young, fine senators said it was time to change [...]

The Filibuster Only Exists to Stop Progressivism

By: Monday August 1, 2011 9:32 am

Any proposal put forward by the Super Congress created by the debt ceiling deal can’t be amended and must receive an up-or-down vote in both chambers of the Congress. This means whatever package this small group of members comes up with can’t be filibustered. If there was every any doubt that the main reason the [...]

Hostage-Taking Officially Begins: GOP Senator Says He’ll Filibuster Raising the Debt Ceiling

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 2:06 pm

It’s official: at least one Republican senator is now committed to filibustering the raising of the debt limit unless Democrats give in to his demands. From The Hill: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) has told supporters in Utah that he will filibuster the legislation to authorize Treasury Department officials to add to the nation’s multitrillion-dollar debt. [...]

Ultra-Conservative Harry Reid Binds Democrats to Broken System

By: Thursday January 27, 2011 1:35 pm

Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid didn’t just fail to deal with filibuster reform, he totally committed himself to the defense of this disgraceful practice. From his floor speech about his deal with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: Senator McConnell and I both believe our reverance for this institution must always be more important than our [...]

Dems Decry Hostage-Taking – Is It Real Conviction or Convenient Rhetoric?

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 11:02 am

Calling the behavior of Republicans “hostage taking” has become the new buzz phrase used by both President Obama and Democratic congressional leaders. It is a decent analogy for how the Senate Republicans have exploited the Senate’s rules. The 41 Senate Republicans have used the filibuster and the other horribly broken rules of the chamber to [...]

Dear “Advocate” Obama: Not Only Is it Possible for the GOP to Obstruct More, It is Guaranteed

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 7:55 pm

The Senate Republicans have made it clear since the beginning of 2009 they had no desire to reach bipartisan compromise with the Democrats. Instead they choose the surprisingly successful strategy pure obstructionism using a set of broken and arcane Senate rules. By effectively preventing the Democrats from governing (or preventing the Dems from governing effectively, [...]