Democrats’ Fear of Democracy

By: Thursday May 23, 2013 7:22 am

To deal with the incredibly obstructionism of Senate Republicans Harry Reid is again talking about rules reform. Reid is having trouble getting support from his entire caucus because apparently Democrats are terrified of the concept of democracy. From Politico: Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said he has “mixed” feelings about the nuclear option, saying he feared [...]

Once Again Harry Reid Is Vaguely Threatening to Fix the Senate

By: Friday May 17, 2013 11:06 am

Like clockwork the continued obstructionism of Senate Republicans has got Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to start vaguely threatening to fix the Senate, possibly in July. From Greg Sargent: Reid has privately consulted with President Obama on the need to revisit filibuster reform, and the President has told the Majority Leader that he will support the [...]

Gun Control Group Should Target Dems That Voted for Reform Not Against it

By: Wednesday April 24, 2013 7:04 am

Some gun control groups are thinking about targeting the four Democrats who voted against Toomey-Manchin background amendment. Sadly this move would just plays into the myth that is ruining democratic accountability in our country. It not only completely ignores the real problem, but makes it much worse. The simple fact is even if every Senate Democrat [...]

Perhaps the Best Argument Yet Against the Filibuster

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 7:06 am

Yesterday we may have witnessed the single best argument against the filibuster. An effort to pass a bipartisan amendment on expanded background checks failed because it only got 54 yes votes to 46 no. Only with the insane rules that govern the Senate is such a failure possible. This is maybe the least controversial proposal [...]

The Senate Majority Leader Who Cried Wolf

By: Monday April 8, 2013 11:01 am

Now that it is clear that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) incredibly minor bipartisan rule change at the beginning of the year was a total failure, he is out threatening to reform the rules again. From Nevada Public Radio: In an interview with Nevada Public Radio, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that [...]

One Phrase Washington Reporters Need to Start Using

By: Monday March 25, 2013 10:02 am

I would like to make a simple suggestion to vastly improve the quality of reporting in Washington. Whenever a reporter writes “Republicans filibuster” they should instead replace it with the far more accurate phrase, “Senate Democrats allow Republicans to filibuster.” Simply reporting that Senate Republicans “blocked” a bill or a Presidential nominee implies that the [...]

Reid Considering Incredibly Watered Down Bipartisan Rules Reform. Update: Deal Reached

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 7:55 am

Update: Reid has reached the deal with McConnell. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is close to reaching a bipartisan deal with Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on changing the Senate rules. To even call this package of incredibly minor changes “reform” requires stretching the definition of the word almost to its breaking point. Almost nothing of [...]

The Most Important Vote of the Congressional Term

By: Tuesday January 22, 2013 8:47 am

We are likely only days away from the most important vote of this Congressional term and it will not be about a piece of legislation. With a divided Congress and a deeply conservative House Republican caucus the chances for major legislative accomplishments this year are remote. The most important vote will be about something more [...]

Why Boehner’s Filibuster Threat Is So Pathetically Empty

By: Friday November 30, 2012 10:02 am

Probably the best sign that Senate Democrats are going to reform the Senate rules at the beginning of the next Congress and there is nothing the Republicans can do about it is this comically empty threat from Speaker John Boehner. From Boehner’s office: “Senate Democrats’ attempt to break Senate rules in order to change Senate [...]

Obama Throws His Support Behind Reid’s Plan to Reform Senate Rules

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 10:17 am

Reid’s proposal would not eliminate the filibuster. It would instead required Senators who want to prevent a vote to continuously hold the floor. What impact this would have depends on exactly how the rule is written and interrupted. It would also remove the need for a cloture vote on motions to proceed.