Levin on Filibuster: Cynical Deception or an Idiot?

By: Friday January 25, 2013 10:10 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 at deception to hide their true position.

 

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 2:08 pm

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.

Good Bye and Good Riddance to Big Bipartisan Deals

By: Monday January 30, 2012 2:00 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. Good bye and good riddance. At their core these bipartisan deals were and are about destroying basic democratic accountability.

Making Decisions Based on Who Can Talk Longer Is An Idiotic Way to Run a Nation

By: Monday October 17, 2011 4:07 pm

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) told a crowd in Northbrook that he would like to see the Senate rules changed so that if a minority wanted to filibuster to prevent a vote on the bill, they would need to actually continuously talk on the Senate floor. Why not just majority rules?

Filibuster’s Shameful Tradition of Crushing Rights Continues with DADT

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 4:40 pm

The proud shameful tradition of the filibuster in our august broken Senate being used by a small group of privileged elites to deny rights to segments of this country now continues unbroken for over a century. Today, the legislative action that should have begun the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” failed to get cloture by a vote of 56 to 43 (note: for procedural reason Harry Reid had to switch his vote for yes to no). Those 43 senators used the filibuster to deny homosexuals their right to serve openly in our armed forces without government-imposed legal discrimination based on a minority status. In a sane democracy, winning 56 percent of the vote would be a victory, but sanity is at best an unwelcomed guest in the modern United States Senate.

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

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 8:00 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, take your pick), the Republicans have been able to tarnish their opponents in the eye’s of many voters, and therefore improve the GOP’s own election prospects.

Democratic Senators Lie. There. I’ve Said it.

By: Thursday July 29, 2010 6:55 am

We learned Wednesday from The Hill that many Democratic Senators don’t actually support all the great things they claim they have “fought for.” They lied to voters; they refuse to take the small step that would actually allow them to become law.

Tom Udall on Fixing the Senate: “We’ve Gotten Ourselves Into A Box”

By: Thursday January 28, 2010 12:35 pm

One Senator — freshman Tom Udall of New Mexico — is trying to change Senate Republican’s obstructionism by putting the focus back on governing rather than the crippling rules which have led, in a pretty direct way, to American decline.

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