The most annoying and ultimately destructive defense of President Obama’s legislative record is to constantly cite the filibuster myth. It is the argument that poor weak Obama couldn’t do anything without 60 votes in the Senate. The latest in a long line of examples comes from Jonathan Chait’s criticism of Cornel West.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 26, 2014 11:07 am|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 22, 2014 2:19 pm|
I thought when Senate Democrats so easily eliminated the filibuster for executive appointees that was going to be the final nail in the coffin of the filibuster myth, but I was mistaken. The myth that the filibuster is some insurmountable hurdle, instead of something which can easily be dealt with, lives on in Kevin Drum’s defense of President Obama’s first year.
|By: Jon Walker Monday March 10, 2014 1:15 pm|
There is poetic justice to the fact that some of the Senators who selfishly defend the filibuster to increase their influence over the Senate may end up losing it all as a result.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday February 12, 2014 3:06 pm|
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.
|By: Frances E. Lee Saturday January 11, 2014 2:00 pm|
A book this broad-ranging is valuable for a variety of purposes. Political junkies will find many great anecdotes that they have never encountered before. There are many well-drawn sketches of important senators of the past, from Dirksen to Mansfield to Conkling to Sumner. People interested in understanding how contemporary Senate practices in various areas evolved can turn to the relevant chapters. History, political science, and civics teachers will find useful examples to give students entree into previous eras. Anyone who reads the book will have a better, more multi-faceted understanding of the Senate and its role in American politics.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday January 9, 2014 10:17 am|
Senate Minority Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor yesterday to talk about his plan to fix the Senate if Republicans won control. Noticeably absent was any plan to restore the ability to filibuster appointees.
|By: Jon Walker Monday January 6, 2014 1:04 pm|
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 off the table.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 12, 2013 10:38 am|
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not happy about Democrats eliminating the filibuster on non-Supreme Court presidential appointees. He believes the filibuster on legislation is now inherently doomed.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 25, 2013 8:50 am|
It seems Republican Senator Lamar Alexander is incredibly upset that policy decisions will ultimately be made by voters.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 22, 2013 9:25 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.