Byrd’s Death Gives Dems Excuse for Continued Stockholm Syndrome

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 9:49 am

This headline from “The New York Times,” Byrd’s Death Weakens Democrats’ Frail Majority, perfectly sums up what a broken, insane Bizzaro World the United States Senate has made of Washington, DC. (Note: Before this post was published, the “Times” changed the headline to Byrd’s Death Weakens Democrats’ Shifting Majority.) The headline appears ridiculous either way. [...]

Byrd Did Not Just Write the Book on Senate, He Rewrote Its Rules

By: Monday June 28, 2010 9:54 am

Many reports on the late Robert Byrd’s long career as a US Senator are pointing out that Byrd literally wrote the book on Senate rules and history. And while it is true that Byrd did write the quintessential four-part history of the chamber, his real importance comes from the fact that it was Byrd himself [...]

Do House Democrats Need to First Pass Senate Health Care Bill? Former Parliamentarian Says “No”

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 10:09 am

Senate Democrats like Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) are strongly pushing the meme that Senate rules require House Democrats to first pass the Senate health care bill unchanged, then a reconciliation measure of “fixes,” and only then can Senate Democrats do anything.That clearly does not sit well with House Democrats, who are growing [...]