Levin on Filibuster: Cynical Deception or an Idiot?

By: Friday January 25, 2013 6:49 am

One of the most painful things about following Congress is that it is often hard to tell if a member is being an idiot or engaged in a cynical attempt to hide their true position. You can try to educate the uninformed but you can only hope to relentlessly expose the lies. The latest game [...]

Making Decisions Based on Who Can Talk the Longest Is Only a Slightly Less Stupid Way to Run a Country

By: Friday November 16, 2012 10:21 am

The Senate Democrats are starting to get serious about reforming the Senate rules to make the chamber slightly less idiotic. One of the changes they are thinking about making is forcing the minority who wants to filibuster a bill to actually speak continuously on the Senate floor. From the Huffington Post: [Sen. Jeff] Merkley said [...]

Good Bye and Good Riddance to Big Bipartisan Deals

By: Monday January 30, 2012 12:53 pm

On the front of Politico is an article about how the big bipartisan deals that used to be relatively common in Congress now appear to be a thing of the past. From Politico: Call it the Split the Difference Scenario — a dream of Washington at its civic-minded best that has flourished for decades, even [...]

GOP has nothing to Fear from Abusing the Filibuster

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 12:02 pm

Senate Democrats apparently are trying to scare Republicans into not filibustering every single thing, by threatening to filibuster everything the GOP tries to do if the GOP regains power. From Politico: The White House and Senate Democrats are issuing a blunt warning to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans: You live by the filibuster, [...]

Yep, Change the Senate Rules Really Is that Easy

By: Friday October 7, 2011 8:08 am

The biggest Congressional news story yesterday was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoking the rarely used procedure of appealing the ruling of the chair to the full Senate. When this is done, a simple majority of the Senate decides how the Senate rules should be interpreted. A majority of current senators are the people in [...]

Bill to Reduce Frivolous Filibuster Frivolously Filibustered

By: Friday June 17, 2011 7:56 am

The Senate is so broken that even a bipartisan agreement to limit the number of Senate confirmed appointees gets filibustered.

Ultra-Conservative Harry Reid Binds Democrats to Broken System

By: Thursday January 27, 2011 1:35 pm

Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid didn’t just fail to deal with filibuster reform, he totally committed himself to the defense of this disgraceful practice. From his floor speech about his deal with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: Senator McConnell and I both believe our reverance for this institution must always be more important than our [...]

Dear “Advocate” Obama: Not Only Is it Possible for the GOP to Obstruct More, It is Guaranteed

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 7:55 pm

The Senate Republicans have made it clear since the beginning of 2009 they had no desire to reach bipartisan compromise with the Democrats. Instead they choose the surprisingly successful strategy pure obstructionism using a set of broken and arcane Senate rules. By effectively preventing the Democrats from governing (or preventing the Dems from governing effectively, [...]

Durbin Asks Supporters to Help End Filibuster While Giving Up on Attempt to Break One

By: Friday February 26, 2010 10:28 am

Talk about bad timing. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin launched a campaign today to end the filibuster and restore the ability for a simple majority of senators to pass legislation. His efforts include an email to supporters directing them to sign a petition at fedupwiththefilibuster.com to stop the abuse of rules that prevent majority rule. [...]