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Rove: US Will Rue 'Dictator' Reid's 'Nuclear Option'
« on: November 23, 2013, 10:46:09 AM »

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Re: Rove: US Will Rue 'Dictator' Reid's 'Nuclear Option'
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2013, 11:03:39 AM »
If 2/3 was the intention, it should have been written.
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.

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Re: Rove: US Will Rue 'Dictator' Reid's 'Nuclear Option'
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2013, 11:18:48 AM »
They also wrote that it was the states' responsibility to appoint senators. Yet they ripped that requirement out during the Wilson Progressive era.

I remember back in 2005 hearing all the GOP-e voices inside and outside the beltway yammering about how they wanted to get rid of the filibuster so that their nominees could get an up or down vote. I thought they were wrong then, and the Democrats (who were so keen on keeping the filibuster back then) are wrong now. What's worse is that the filibuster is especially important on issues in which the Senate chamber is the only arbiter (where the House has no say). The filibuster sets a higher standard for passing nominations and treaties so that the ruling party can't simply run roughshod over the rest. Without it, it's just a rubber-stamp, giving a President and his allies in the Senate the opportunity to pack the courts, who in turn have de facto power to declare law by edict.

Reid has oddly left the filibuster in place for legislation, where it is arguably less necessary, and ripped it out for nominations, where it is crucial. He didn't even change the rules to do it: he and his minions simply voted that they were going to ignore the rules.

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