You Can’t Support the Filibuster and Hate Executive Action

By: Thursday November 20, 2014 9:23 am

The United States is a huge country with serious problems that is part of an ever changing world. Significant technological developments are being made on a regular basis that are reshaping our economy. The federal government needs to respond to shifting realities. This can either be done by legislation approved by Congress or by executive [...]

Obama Defenders Will Never Let the Filibuster Myth Die

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 9:57 am

The most annoying and ultimately destructive defense of President Obama’s legislative record is to constantly cite the filibuster myth. It is the argument that poor weak Obama couldn’t do anything without 60 votes in the Senate. The latest in a long line of examples comes from Jonathan Chait’s criticism of Cornel West. But West, and [...]

The Undying Filibuster Myth

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 10:23 am

I thought when Senate Democrats so easily eliminated the filibuster for executive appointees that was going to be the final nail in the coffin of the filibuster myth, but I was mistaken. The myth that the filibuster is some insurmountable hurdle, instead of something which can easily be dealt with, lives on in Kevin Drum’s [...]

Another Reminder Why the Filibuster Needs to Be Eliminated

By: Wednesday February 12, 2014 7:35 am

The filibuster, which for most of its history was mainly a tool for oppressing black people by stopping anti-lynching laws and civil rights legislation, has now turned into a tool for routine legislative nihilism. The latest example is Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) threatening to filibuster the debt limit so it requires 60 votes. From The [...]

Reid Leaves Door Open to Completely Eliminating the Filibuster

By: Monday January 6, 2014 8:37 am

Last year Democrats eliminated the filibuster for most presidential appointees, but that could just have been the first step towards completely getting rid of this absurd practice. When asked by Bob Schieffer if he would be willing to do away with the filibuster entirely Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) refused to take the idea [...]

Lamar Alexander Seems Really Bothered by the Idea of Democracy

By: Monday November 25, 2013 7:42 am

It seems Republican Senator Lamar Alexander is upset that policy decisions will ultimately be made by voters. In the Washington Post he attacks the elimination of the the filibuster and concludes by saying: Thursday’s stunning rules change by Senate Democrats can best be described as Obamacare II: another exercise of partisan political power to permit [...]

No More Excuses for President Obama

By: Friday November 22, 2013 7:42 am

The best thing about Senate Democrats’ decision to eliminate the filibuster on executive nominees is that President Obama is now fully accountable. Obama no longer has any excuses regarding his management of the executive functions of the federal government. If it functions well or fails, the responsibility now rests with the White House. For years [...]

Reid Shows We Could Have Gotten Immigration Reform, a Second Stimulus, Public Option, Etc

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 10:39 am

History was just made in the Senate, but it happened so fast you might have missed it. After finally getting tired of Republican’s unprecedented filibustering of judicial nominees the Democrats used the nuclear option. They have officially gotten rid of filibuster for nominees and are now approving them with simply majority vote. The entire thing [...]

Filibuster Just Got Nuked

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 9:59 am

History was just made in the United States’ Senate. Democrats used the so-called nuclear option to stop a filibuster on a judicial nominee. It was in response to Republicans declaring they would filibuster any Obama nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals regardless of merit, so its conservative leanings would never change. The change [...]

Time to Find Out if Democrats Actually Want to Govern

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 7:34 am

We are approaching a real moment of truth for Senate Democrats. They are about to decide if they actually want to govern or effectively forfeit all their power to the Republicans. If Senate Democrats choose the latter they might as well stop even showing up to work. At the heart of the issue is Senate [...]