Friday, April 29, 2005

When is a fillibuster not a fillibuster?

When the R.I.N.O.s let the Dems get away with a "virtual fillibuster" instead of talking 24/7 for weeks on end, completly stonewalling the Fed. Govt (less B.S. laws wouldn't hurt my feelings a bit, though).
Dick Morris has a good article about it.

"The Republican leaders in the Senate do not have to make the false choice between endless toleration of Democratic filibusters that enfeeble their majority and the so-called “nuclear option” — a ruling that filibusters of judicial nominations are unconstitutional — which will set off partisan wrangling for the balance of the Bush tenure.
It is absurd to try to tell the American people why filibusters of judicial nominations violate the Constitution while those of presidential nonjudicial appointments and of regular legislation do not. The American people are going to see the denial of the right of unlimited debate as the equivalent of FDR’s court-packing plan, which doomed the second term of his presidency to utter failure (he had a pretty good third term, winning the war).
The better way to proceed is to make the filibuster radioactive politically by letting the Democrats talk themselves to death. Give them enough rope and they will hang themselves by their vocal cords.
Frist just needs to end the “virtual” filibuster and make the Democrats stage a real one, replete with quorum calls, 24/7 sessions and truly endless debate covered word for word by C-SPAN for all the nation to see — and ridicule."

He goes on to talk about letting the Dems (libs actually) fillibuster a minor appointee to Miss. Appellat court, and let America see what a fillibuster is all about. But, , ,

"The Republican leaders, and the Democratic majority leader before them, have allowed the filibuster to be rehabilitated in the public mind by agreeing not to stage one. The gentlemanly filibusters of the modern era, where each side concedes unless one has 60 votes, have permitted virtual filibusters that incur no public wrath.
But let’s remember that it was the specter of the Senate’s being tied in knots by Sen. Richard Russell (D-Ga.) and his gang that doomed the South to accepting civil-rights legislation. When Hubert Humphrey and his allies had to sleep in the Senate chamber so that minorities could get the right to vote, America saw the excesses to which the South would go to deny minorities their rights."

Sounds good to me, lets see a REAL fillibuster on EACH appointee.

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