After Failing to Change Senate Rules, Democrats Lose Right to Blame Mitch McConnell

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 2:09 pm

Senate Democrats had an opportunity to get together and make the Senate a working, majority-rule-based chamber. They could have recently used the “Constitutional Option” at the start of this new Congress to rewrite the Senate rules to either eliminate the filibuster outright or at least make staging a filibuster more difficult. Yet, due to a [...]

House Adopts New Majority Rules: Where is the Outrage?

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 1:00 am

On Wednesday the newly elected Republican majority took power in the House of Representatives. As part of the changeover, the House Republicans adopted a new set of rules based on the principle of majority rule by a majority vote. This is effectively the same thing each new House has done for decades. Amazingly, there was [...]

In Defending Filibuster, New York Times Shows Strange Fear of Majority Rule

By: Monday January 3, 2011 8:27 am

The New York Times editorial board has acknowledged that there is clearly a serious problem with the rules currently governing the Senate and has called for modest reform. Yet, despite calling for reform, the New York Times, for some reason, has a problem with the democratic principle of majority rule that governs almost every other [...]

Countdown To Full Congressional Shut Down: One Year

By: Monday January 4, 2010 12:17 pm

We are one year away from when the 112th Congress will be sworn in, and that is why I’m beginning a countdown to full Congressional shutdown. When Democrats lose their 60-vote super-majority in the Senate, our entire Congress will effectively stop working altogether. All indications point to this year being a good election for Republicans. [...]