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 [...]

Cruz Votes to End His Own Fake Filibuster

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 10:56 am

The perfect end to Sen. Ted Cruz’s performance act fake filibuster was him actually joining the rest of the Senate in supporting cloture. Basically Cruz voted to end his own filibuster. It was a vote to end the debate on whether or not to start the debate the continuing resolution. This is the debate Cruz [...]

Ted Cruz as Performance Art

By: Wednesday September 25, 2013 7:25 am

If I did not know better I would swear Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was executing some Sacha Baron Cohen-style performance art meant to hold a mirror up to the absurdity of the Senate.

Corker Actually Calls Bullshit on McConnell Over Nuclear Option Deal

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 7:33 am

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) literally called bullshit on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). From Roll Call: A meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday grew tense as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told his members he could have gotten a better deal on nominations than the one negotiated by rank-and-file Republicans. McConnell’s tone, according [...]

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