Yesterday Senate Democrats, under the leadership of Majority Leader Harry Reid, voted to junk the filibuster and approve President Obama’s judicial nominees by a simple 51 majority vote – the so-called “nuclear option.” While the move was in theory limited to judges – excluding Supreme Court nominees and bills – the cultural shift may be permanent.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 21, 2013 11:54 am|
What could have been.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 21, 2013 10:04 am|
History was just made in the United States’ Senate. Democrats used the so-called nuclear option to stop a filibuster on a judicial nominee. It was in response to Republicans declaring they would filibuster any Obama nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals regardless of merit, so its conservative leanings would never change. The change was supported 52-48.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 21, 2013 7:37 am|
We are approaching a real moment of truth for Senate Democrats. They are about to decide if they actually want to govern or effectively forfeit all their power to the Republicans. If Senate Democrats choose the latter they might as well stop even showing up to work. At the heart of the issue is Senate [...]
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday September 25, 2013 8:50 am|
What really brings Cruz’s fake filibuster to the next level as a piece of art is that he is pretending to filibuster the bill he wants. Democrats are actually trying to bring to the floor the continuing resolution which defunds Obamacare. A bill Cruz would vote for, but Cruz doesn’t want this bill to be debated because he knows Democrats could then take a vote stripping out the defunding measure.
|By: Lisa Derrick Wednesday September 4, 2013 6:11 pm|
Hollywood mega-mogul and major Democrat donor Jeffrey Katzenberg, the guy who dined with Obama the night he was last on The Tonight Show, wants to make it rain in Kentucky, hoping his efforts will produce clouds and curtains for the KY Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.
|By: letsgetitdone Monday July 29, 2013 4:20 pm|
There were varying reactions to the President’s recent speech at Knox College this week. My reaction was that the speech was deeply dishonest in light of the President’s previous policies, actions, and results, and I intended to do a critique, but Michael Hudson and Yves Smith beat me to it. In a fine post at Naked Capitalism, entitled “Michael Hudson Shreds Obama’s Orwellian Speech On Middle Class Prosperity,” Michael Hudson, with occasional added comments from Yves, deconstructs the speech paragraph by paragraph, and sometimes line-by-line, pointing out disingenuous assertions and outright dishonesty.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 18, 2013 8:50 am|
The idea that the minority party has power over routine issues in the Senate is total nonsense. The minority only has power because the majority has maintained a tradition of needlessly giving the minority non-constitutional veto. As soon as the majority decides to end this silly practice, the minority loses all leverage.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 17, 2013 6:40 am|
While some are trumpeting the deal reached between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on filibustered nominees, the devil is in the details. Part of the deal involved President Obama withdrawing nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, a move one union leader considers a betrayal.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 16, 2013 9:25 am|
Once again after spending weeks threatening to fix the Senate’s insane rules it looks like Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will back down after a last minute deal. Instead of simply using the nuclear option to eliminate the filibuster on executive branch nominees and approving seven stalled nominees, Reid has tentatively agreed to a complex face saving move to get most of what he wanted.