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  • Purgason big gamble (filibuster happening right now)

    07/13/2010 6:41:44 PM PDT · by Spydergoo · 16 replies
    KCTV 5 ^ | July 13, 2010 | KCTV
    Chuck Purgason's one-man filibuster show. Big gamble he's taking here. On the line is 150 million dollars of Missouri taxpayer dollars. He's been going for more than 2 hours. Not sure how long he plans to keep it up... Link: More Info:
  • The liberals' favorite Klansman

    07/03/2010 2:21:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 32 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 3, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    It is a good rule of thumb not to speak ill of the dead. But what to do when a man is celebrated beyond the limits of decorum or common sense? Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of the Senate in American history, died Monday. It was truly a remarkable career. But what's more remarkable is how he has been lionized by the champions of liberalism. On Thursday, Byrd's colleagues took the unusual step of honoring him with a special service on the Senate floor, where he would lay in repose -- with some irony -- on the Lincoln Catafalque, the...
  • Sen. Coburn: Kagan 'Ignorant' of Constitutional Principles; 'I Wouldn't Rule Out a Filibuster'

    06/30/2010 1:15:57 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 84 replies · 1+ views ^ | 06/30/2010 | Rick Klein
    ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has provided some of the most contentious exchanges of the rather tame Elena Kagan confirmation hearings. He's raised questions about Kagan's generally liberal political beliefs, and contends that Kagan would usher in vast expansions of government power as a member of the Supreme Court. On ABC/Washington Post’s “Top Line” today, Coburn ratcheted up his critique of Kagan, saying she hasn’t been as forthcoming about her views as she should be, and questioning her interpretation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause as well as her expressed willingness to follow court precedents. “I think...
  • Tell GOP:Stand Firm On Kagan

    06/30/2010 1:35:33 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | 6-28-10 | Jeff Mazzella
    "fair-minded Americans" should be disturbed... and rational people should be very afraid because, as The Times states, Kagan is "disrespectful toward existing law" (read: the Constitution). And that makes Kagan a very dangerous nominee... and, for that reason alone, the American people must work to ensure that the Senate doesn’t rubber-stamp her confirmation.
  • Vote In Costco Poll To Weaken Filibuster

    06/30/2010 10:17:54 AM PDT · by Postman · 6 replies
    Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) says "YEA". Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina says "NAY". The YEA's are ahead. We need to support the NAYS. the discussion is here: The voting link is at the right hand side of the page.
  • Stay Out of the Mainstream (The case for filibustering Elena Kagan's confirmation vote)

    06/30/2010 7:01:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/30/2010 | Tony Blankley
    There seems to be one thing on which everyone can agree. From archconservative pundits to archliberal White House staffers responsible for Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, all agree that the test is whether she is in the “mainstream of current legal thought.” But it would seem to me that such a standard only makes sense if you approve of where the mainstream currently is. For instance, left-wing statists — who believe in almost unlimited powers of government, who heartily approve of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Kelo v. New London (which authorized a city to take...
  • Senator's Concern May Complicate Wall Street Bill Vote (Brown)

    06/27/2010 8:09:42 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 31 replies ^ | 06/27/10 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's efforts to win final approval of a historic financial regulatory reform bill looked more complicated on Saturday after a Republican senator threatened to oppose it. "I was surprised and extremely disappointed to hear that $18 billion in new assessments and fees were added in the wee hours of the morning by the conference committee," Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown said. He issued the statement after negotiators from the Senate and House of Representatives emerged from a marathon session early Friday morning with a final compromise on a bill that would bring about the most sweeping...
  • Top Republican Leaves Door Open to Potential Kagan Filibuster

    06/21/2010 8:21:21 AM PDT · by julieee · 11 replies ^ | June 21, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Top Republican Leaves Door Open to Potential Kagan Filibuster Washington, DC - The leading Republican in the Senate left the door open for a potential filibuster of pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. In a weekend interview with "Fox News Sunday" Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the initial information on Kagan has been "quite troubling."
  • Hillsdale Event: "Is Congress Broken? Constitutional Deliberation and the Administrative State"

    05/06/2010 9:33:16 AM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 2 replies · 273+ views
    Hillsdale College ^ | 5/6/10 | Hillsdale College
    Great lecture tomorrow at Hillsdale College's First Principles on First Fridays event in Washington, D.C. with University of Nevada-Reno's Prof. John Marini. With public approval ratings of Congress at an all-time low, many people wonder if the institution is broken. Focus on the Senate filibuster or other procedural matters, however, obscures the legislative branch's systemic problems, which are tied less to procedure or party than to profligate disregard for constitutional restraint that is the heart of the administrative state. With attention to the real reasons why Congress is broken, then, this lecture will also outline what first steps can be...
  • Dodd Bill Endgame

    04/28/2010 1:53:39 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 19 replies · 715+ views
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | 04/27/10 | Stephen Spruiell
    According to statements from Sens. Mitch McConnell and Richard Shelby, this is exactly what has happened. Sen. Dodd has assured Shelby that he will address a number of concerns Shelby expressed with respect to ending bailouts, but he will not address problems with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the proxy-access provisions or (the somewhat less problematic, in my view) derivatives rules. We will have to watch the bill closely to see what loopholes Dodd actually closes, but I would guess that, at the very least, he will insert language to reduce the FDIC's discretion along the lines of what the...
  • Dems look to alter filibuster rules

    04/22/2010 10:34:57 PM PDT · by paltz · 25 replies · 1,133+ views
    Washington Times-Water Cooler ^ | 4/23/10 | Kerry Picket
    The Senate Rules Committee met on Thursday morning to examine the filibuster rules and decide whether or not the rules should be reformed. Senator Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat and Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, opened the hearing declaring, “filibusters and cloture motions have escalated in recent years to unprecedented levels.” Conveniently, Senator Schumer preemptively dismissed any claims that because he or members of his party made arguments for the filibuster when he was serving in the minority should not mean the filibuster rules shouldn’t be changed today, when his party is no longer benefitting from a successful filibuster....
  • Breaking: Senate Democrats Gather In The Rules Committee To Eliminate The Filibuster

    04/22/2010 2:31:27 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 168 replies · 7,949+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 04/22/10 | Jim Hoft
    The radicals in Washington are giving the Marxists in Venezuela a run for their money. Senate Democrats have gathered in the Rules Committee to eliminate the filibuster. Republican.Senate.Gov reported: THEN-SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL): “What [The American People] Do Not Expect Is For One Party, Be It Republican Or Democrat, To Change The Rules In The Middle Of The Game So They Can Make All The Decisions While The Other Party Is Told To Sit Down And Keep Quiet.” “What they do not expect is for one party, be it Republican or Democrat, to change the rules in the middle of...
  • Democrats Seek To Eliminate Filibuster So They Can Jam Through Their Radical Agenda In Their..

    04/22/2010 1:29:03 PM PDT · by ocr1 · 8 replies · 552+ views
    Ace of Spades ^ | April 22, 2010 | Ace
    Democrats Seek To Eliminate Filibuster So They Can Jam Through Their Radical Agenda In Their Last Months Of Power So far this is only on the GOP's Senate blog: Senate Democrats Gather In The Rules Committee To Eliminate The Filibuster, Which They Previously Called One “Of The Most Treasured And Cherished Traditions Of The United States Senate.” I don't know how serious this is. I thought -- maybe wrongly -- that it takes two-thirds to change the rules of the Senate, so this might just be posturing by the Democrats (and posturing of outrage and dire consequences by Republicans)....
  • Sens. Schumer and McConnell go head-to-head in filibuster reform fight

    04/22/2010 8:29:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 516+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 22, 2010 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Senate Rules Committee Chairman Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) on Thursday launched a high-profile fight in a committee hearing on changing the Senate's filibuster rules. Schumer opened a scheduled hearing on the 200-year history of the legislative tactic by serving notice that he intends to strongly consider some kind of change to the chamber's rules, to prevent legislation continuing to be blocked by small numbers of senators. "The filibuster used to be the exception to the rule. In today’s Senate, it’s becoming a straitjacket," Schumer said. "The truth is, both parties have had a love-hate relationship...
  • Reid to play chicken on Wall Street reform, daring GOP to filibuster

    04/20/2010 6:56:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies · 794+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/20/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Reid to play chicken on Wall Street reform, daring GOP to filibusterBy Alexander Bolton - 04/20/10 11:31 AM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has decided to play a game of political chicken with Senate Republicans, daring them to kill a Wall Street reform bill. Reid said he plans to move ahead with immediate consideration of the financial regulatory reform bill, despite a GOP pledge to filibuster the measure. “Remember, there are only 59 of us, so if a single Republican is not willing to join with us, there will be no Wall Street reform,” Reid said. “Republicans will...
  • The Fortas Filibuster and the Stevens Seat

    04/13/2010 12:13:31 PM PDT · by old school · 5 replies · 383+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | Jeffrey Lord
    "Running on opposition to expansion of the Commerce Clause has now been turned by the Obama White House from complicated legalese into an easily understandable problem thanks to the presence of the individual mandate in the ObamaCare health bill. In almost bumper sticker fashion, Obama is asking whether voters support the idea of being forced by the government to buy something they don't want. And connecting this issue to confirmation of a new Supreme Court nominee."
  • Obama Supported Filibuster of Alito

    04/12/2010 4:47:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 426+ views
    Human Events ^ | 4/12/10 | Connie Hair
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement last week providing President Obama with his second opportunity to put another liberal on the highest court in the land. When Obama says his nominee will be “someone who, like Justice Stevens, knows that in a democracy powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens,” don’t forget it was liberals Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg and Breyer who decided against the property rights of “ordinary citizens” in Kelo vs. City of New London. The Court led by its liberal wing said the City of New...
  • Battle Lines Drawn for Justice Stevens' Replacement on High Court

    04/09/2010 7:02:28 PM PDT · by USALiberty · 4 replies · 429+ views ^ | Friday, 09 Apr 2010 | David A. Patten
    Washington's worst-kept secret — the pending retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens — became official Friday with his announcement that he will step down when the court takes its summer break in June or July, giving President Obama an opportunity to make his second appointment to the nation's highest court. "Having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the Court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencements of the court's next term," Stevens stated in a letter to the president, "I shall retire from regular active service as an...
  • So When Is Obama Willing To Use A Nuclear Option?

    04/07/2010 5:57:41 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 15 replies · 343+ views
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 4-7-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    So who is actually eligible to be nuked if they have the temerity to smack the Virginia Slim out of Barack's mouth? The Looking Spoon is a conservative humor/satire/art/commentary blog, visit to see more posts!
  • Younger senators take aim at old Senate rules

    03/27/2010 11:22:05 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 1,359+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2010 | Paul Kane
    As the battle over health care raged for 15 months, no institution saw its reputation battered quite as much as the U.S. Senate. Jousting over parliamentary maneuvers and partisan acrimony dominated the headlines as the nation fixated on the debate over President Obama's top domestic initiative. But behind that struggle, other signs of institutional strife were abundant. A nominee to the federal bench took nine months to win confirmation on a 99 to 0 vote. One senator held up dozens of nominations over a parochial dispute. And on Wednesday, one of the most basic functions of the chamber -- committee...
  • Senate GOP says Dems ignoring meeting requests (1974 Social Security Law jeopordizes entire bill)

    03/21/2010 2:44:33 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 106 replies · 5,892+ views
    The Hill ^ | 03/21/10 04:22 PM ET | The Hill Blog
    Senate Republicans on Sunday said that their Democratic counterparts have ignored requests to meet jointly with the parliamentarian about a potential rule violation that they say could halt the reconciliation healthcare bill. Republicans say that a provision in the reconciliation packages raises Social Security revenue, thereby violating rules regulating the reconciliation process. "Republicans have been trying to set up a meeting with Senate Democrats since yesterday to discuss this fatal point of order but have been met with nothing but silence," Don Stewart, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. "We suspect Democrats are slow walking...
  • Reid: Dems will 'take a look' at filibuster reform next year

    03/10/2010 12:57:27 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 28 replies · 1,120+ views
    Reid: Dems will 'take a look' at filibuster reform next year By Michael O'Brien - 03/10/10 03:22 PM ET Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Senate would consider attempts to reform the filibuster next year. In a discussion with liberal bloggers, Reid, who'd previously dismissed calls from colleagues to change the Senate's filibuster rules, said he'd be open to reexamining those rules at the beginning of the next Congress, in 2011. "The filibuster has been abused. I believe that the Senate should be different than the House and will continue to be different than the House," Reid said,...
  • Three Reasons Why The Filibuster Is Vital

    03/03/2010 12:08:14 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 5 replies · 591+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 3/3/2010 | Ed Carson
    President Obama and congressional Democrats are gearing up to try to ram through a sweeping health care overhaul through reconciliation, bypassing the need to get 60 votes to override a GOP filibuster in the Senate. Why, ask Democrats and the liberal punditry, should a minority block the will of the majority? Actually, there are a number of good reasons. 1. Sweeping legislation should enjoy broad political support. If plans to radically remake the country
  • Filibusters Fit When Freedom Is On The Line

    03/03/2010 5:32:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 510+ views ^ | March 3, 2010 | DWIGHT. R. LEE
    The Democrats in Congress are not happy with the filibuster. They see it as allowing the 41 Senate Republicans, representing less than 41% of the population, to prevent Congress from responding to the "will of the majority." Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., along with Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, claims to be standing up for the majority by introducing a bill to reduce the votes required to override a filibuster. According to her, "the time has come to end the gridlock that's crippling our government and hurting our ability to tackle the big challenges facing our country." The real problem is quite...
  • Sen. Byrd calls proposed Democratic changes to filibuster rules 'misguided'

    02/24/2010 5:43:36 PM PST · by onyx · 27 replies · 1,770+ views
    THE HILL ^ | 02/24/10 01:34 PM ET | By Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Robert Byrd warned Democratic colleagues against changing filibuster rules in order to advance their legislative priorities. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) warned Democratic colleagues Wednesday against changing filibuster rules in order to advance their legislative priorities. In a "Dear Colleague" letter dated Tuesday, Byrd, the longest-serving member of the Senate, said that the Senate's rules on ending debate shouldn't be changed, but he encouraged forcing senators to actually sustain debate in a real, live filibuster. "I am sympathetic to frustrations about the Senate's rules, but those frustrations are nothing new," Byrd wrote. "However, I believe that efforts to change or...
  • How long Grand Old Party Please Filibuster, Make Our Day Mr. President, Please Make Our Day!

    02/23/2010 8:45:30 AM PST · by STD · 15 replies · 662+ views
    self ^ | 2/23/10 | STD
    White House: If GOP Filibusters, We’ll Pass Health Reform Via Reconciliation!Please Filibuster, Make Our Day Mr. President, Please Make Our Day!
  • Reid: Dems will use 50-vote tactic to finish healthcare in 60 days (Here we go again...)

    02/20/2010 3:21:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 76 replies · 2,527+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/20/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Reid: Dems will use 50-vote tactic to finish healthcare in 60 daysBy Michael O'Brien - 02/20/10 01:44 PM ET Democrats will finish their health reform efforts within the next two months by using a majority-vote maneuver in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. Reid said that congressional Democrats would likely opt for a procedural tactic in the Senate allowing the upper chamber to make final changes to its healthcare bill with only a simple majority of senators, instead of the 60 it takes to normally end a filibuster. "I've had many conversations this week with the president, his...
  • Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (scene following his 23 hour filibuster)

    02/20/2010 1:37:51 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies · 297+ views
    A brilliant scene from the end of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", when Jeff Smith, after 23 hours of talking sense to the nation, gets hit with 50,000 phony telegrams demanding that he resign. If this scene doesn't move you, then you have a stone heart and a leather soul!
  • Hypocrite Harry Reid’s Filibuster Flip Flop

    02/20/2010 1:02:46 PM PST · by Pacothecat · 37 replies · 3,087+ views
    Hypocrite Harry Reid’s Filibuster Flip Flop Breitbart.TV and NEN
  • Obama Writing Health Bill to Skirt GOP Filibuster: Publishing Bill 2/22 (3 days B4 GOP Mtg)

    02/19/2010 3:37:07 AM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 166 replies · 5,729+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 19, 2010 | AP
    President Obama is working on health care legislation intended to reconcile differences between House and Senate Democrats that could be attached to a budget bill and avoid a Republican filibuster, according to a published report. The president's proposal, which is still being written, will be posted on the Internet by Monday morning, senior administration officials and Congressional aides told the New York Times. By piggybacking the legislation onto a budget bill, Democrats would be able to advance the bill with a simple majority of just 51 votes, averting a Republican filibuster in the Senate. The White House signaled Thursday that...
  • Biden: Abuse of Filibuster Worst He's Seen

    02/14/2010 9:40:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies · 1,784+ views
    cbs ^ | 2/14/10 | Stephanie Condon
    Says Senate's Current Requirement of 60 Votes to Get Anything Done Represents Fundamental Shift in Congress (CBS) The Senate's frequent use of the filibuster, a procedural tool used to block legislative progress, represents a "fundamental shift" in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden said today on "Face the Nation." The Republican minority in the Senate has used the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to bypass, to block significant bills like the Democrats' health care reform package.
  • Obama: No Recess Appointments for Now

    02/13/2010 3:21:22 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 14 replies · 607+ views
    Wall Street Journal Blogs ^ | Feb. 12, 2010 | Laura Meckler
    President Barack Obama dropped his threat to bypass the Senate and install nominees to their positions through recess appointments — at least for now. Recess appointments can be made while the Senate is out of session and are a way for presidents to get around the need for a confirmation vote. The president said in a statement Thursday evening that he is encouraged by confirmation earlier in the day of 27 high-level nominees. On Tuesday, Obama threatened to make the recess appointments to get around senators who had placed “holds” on his nominees, which prevent, or at least delay, the...
  • Chrissy Matthews Tonight

    02/12/2010 4:18:19 PM PST · by MsLady · 46 replies · 1,410+ views
    Chrissy Matthews show | 2/12/2010 | MsLady
    So my hubby turns the channel to Chrissy Matthews, cause he wants to see what he has to say. I really think he wants to annoy me. Anyway, I'm half listening until I hear Chaka Fattah say, it's because the republicans have filibustered more this past year then ever. So I'm thinking to myself. Gee, I don't recall hearing anything about any filibuster. Maybe I haven't been paying attention. So I go and look it up. Lo and behold, not one single time did they filibuster in the year 2009. It takes 41 votes to filibuster, maybe he meant they...
  • Reid dismisses Harkin's bid to change filibuster rules

    02/11/2010 3:34:36 PM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 70 replies · 3,531+ views
    The Hill ^ | 02/11/10 | Michael O'Brien
    "I love Tom Harkin. I'm totally familiar with his idea," Reid said during a news conference on the Capitol on Thursday. "It takes 67 votes, and that, kind of, answers the question."
  • Pelosi Makes Her Case: A Majority Is 51 Votes

    02/11/2010 1:03:14 PM PST · by blueyon · 51 replies · 1,490+ views
    rollcall ^ | 2/10/10 | Steven T. Dennis Roll Call Staff
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is pinning the blame on Republicans for a lack of bipartisanship in Congress and plans to bypass them if they continue to oppose efforts to enact near-universal health care. “A constitutional majority is 51 votes,” Pelosi said in an interview Tuesday with Roll Call. “If in fact the Republicans are going to say nothing can be done except by 60 percent, then maybe we all should be elected with 60 percent. It isn’t legitimate in terms of passing legislation.” Pelosi has been wary of publicly giving advice to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or...
  • Brown opposes Obama nominee in first big vote

    02/09/2010 2:23:40 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 689+ views ^ | Feb. 9, 2010 | Eric Zimmermann
    Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) cast his first major vote today, helping Republicans maintain a filibuster against President Obama's nominee to the National Labor Relations Board. Brown opposed ending debate on the nomination of Craig Becker, a former lawyer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) who has received stiff opposition from business groups and Republicans. The final vote was 52-33, falling short of the 60 needed to end debate and move to a final vote. President Obama has blasted Republicans for filibustering nominees like Becker. The vote suggests Brown will stick with his caucus on controversial party-line votes. Many suspect...
  • America Is Not Yet Lost [Paul Krugman Alert]

    02/08/2010 12:31:43 PM PST · by UAConservative · 26 replies · 838+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 7, 2010 | Paul Krugman
    We’ve always known that America’s reign as the world’s greatest nation would eventually end. But most of us imagined that our downfall, when it came, would be something grand and tragic. What we’re getting instead is less a tragedy than a deadly farce. Instead of fraying under the strain of imperial overstretch, we’re paralyzed by procedure. Instead of re-enacting the decline and fall of Rome, we’re re-enacting the dissolution of 18th-century Poland. A brief history lesson: In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Polish legislature, the Sejm, operated on the unanimity principle: any member could nullify legislation by shouting “I...
  • Paul Krugman Hypocrite, Calls For End Of Filibuster. Defended It During Bush Years

    02/08/2010 10:31:42 AM PST · by tellw · 11 replies · 768+ views ^ | 02/08/2010 | John Romano
    @import ""; img.gsc-branding-img { display: none; } td.gsc-branding-text div.gsc-branding-text { display: none; } .recentcomments a{display:inline !important;padding:0 !important;margin:0 !important;} Leaning right, leaning left, building trust, YBH! Yes, But, However! HomeContact UsStaff John Romano’s Bio And Select Big Hollywood Article Archive Get social with YBH!: Entries (RSS) YBH on Twitter Paul Krugman Hypocrite, Calls For End Of Filibuster. Defended It During Bush Years Posted by John Romano in Politics on February 8, 2010 New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman effectively displays today what has become known as the liberal double standard. In 2005 Mr. Krugman said the following...
  • Filibuster? Depends on Who's Ox is Being Gored

    02/04/2010 6:31:41 AM PST · by eRtwngr · 4 replies · 146+ views
    eRtwngr Blog ^ | 2/4/2010 | eRtwngr
    My personal view would be to remove the filibuster for judicial appointment only. This follows more closely the strict interpretation nof the Constitution and defers to the president to appoint judges as he sees fit. The phrase "elections have consequences" seems to fit here. But the filibuster serves an important role in good government and law making and should not be removed for that.
  • Dem: Senate thinks it's 'House of Lords' (Clyburn's losing it)

    01/25/2010 12:46:24 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 20 replies · 1,206+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01/25/10 | Jordan Fabian
    The third-ranking House Democrat said the Senate thinks of itself as "a House of Lords" that is out of touch with voters. Majority Whip James Clyburn's (D-S.C.) remarks are one of the most significant public shots taken at the Senate by a Democratic leader since healthcare negotiations between the two chambers stalled. "[Senators] tend to see themselves as a House of Lords and they don't seem to understand that those of us that go out there every two years stay in touch with the American people," he said in an interview with Fox News Radio. "We tend to respond to...
  • Will There be an Arlen Specter Moment Coming?

    01/24/2010 9:04:28 AM PST · by bsaunders · 14 replies · 874+ views
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | January 24, 2010 | B. Saunders
    Remember the move by Senator Specter from the Republican Party to the Democrat Party? With the election of Scott Brown to take the late Senator Kennedy’s seat thus removing the filibuster proof majority of the Democrats, one must wonder which Senator, or even Senators, will fall to the pressures and switch from Republican to Democrat giving President Obama back his filibuster proof majority. The big question is who should we watch expecting them to change. Will it be one of the Maine twins, Senators Snowe or Collins? Perhaps Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. There is also that on again...
  • Brown Victory has Dems Flip-flopping on Filibuster

    01/22/2010 7:51:10 AM PST · by bjorn14 · 19 replies · 1,059+ views
    Newsmax ^ | January 21, 2010 | John Rossomando
    Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts is propelling Democratic discussions of resorting to reconciliation to evade a Republican filibuster on their healthcare bill — prompting conservative accusations of hypocrisy. Only 51 votes are needed to pass a bill under reconciliation, which was designed for deficit reduction. But Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., suggested, on the eve of Brown's election as senator Tuesday, that Democrats could use the maneuver to dodge an expected Republican filibuster.
  • Filibuster reform headed for Senate floor; measure faces uphill battle

    01/22/2010 5:36:16 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 58 replies · 1,859+ views
    the hill ^ | 1-22-10 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) soon intends to introduce legislation that would take away the minority’s power to filibuster legislation. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) in the next few weeks intends to introduce legislation that would take away the minority’s power to filibuster legislation.
  • Post messages for Senator-Elect Scott Brown; DFU will deliver in person next week in DC

    01/21/2010 8:46:02 AM PST · by doug from upland · 112 replies · 3,804+ views
    free republic ^ | 1-21-09 | Doug from Upland
    Seems all DemocRATS now have a frown All because of a guy named Scott Brown In the leftist state, Mass. He had really kicked *** Bye bye, Martha, Scott's taken you down ...Doug from Upland, 1/21/10 FReepers, leave you congratulatory messages here. I'll print the thread late Saturday night and will deliver it in person. I'll have to find where he is, of course. My guess is that Harry Reid will try to stuff him in a broom closet. WAY TO GO, SENATOR-ELECT BROWN. MAYBE THE COUNTRY CAN BE SAVED AFTER ALL.
  • Clyburn: 'Magic number on healthcare reform is 50, not 60'; measure not dead

    01/20/2010 2:57:18 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 23 replies · 1,123+ views
    The Hill ^ | 01/20/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Healthcare reform legislation is "not dead by any means," Democrats' third-ranking leader in the House emphasized Wednesday. Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) struck a confident pose about the prospects for healthcare reform in the Senate as Democrats scramble to put together plans to pass healthcare legislation after their special election loss Tuesday in Massachusetts. "It's not dead by any means," Clyburn said during an appearance on CNBC. Clyburn made a direct reference to budget reconciliation, a parliamentary maneuver allowing Democrats to sidestep the filibuster rules in the Senate requiring 60 votes to move forward with a piece of legislation.
  • Blanche Lincoln & Vic Snyder don't care about Arkansas (video footage)

    01/18/2010 9:58:00 PM PST · by pulaskibush · 3 replies · 746+ views
    01182010 | me With no townhalls on healthcare being held, I was forced to crash a groundbreaking ceremony for a roundable intersection being built in North Little Rock. Blanche Lincoln, Vic Snyder, Pat Hayes, and other liberals were there to brag about their shovel-ready bacon that they brought home. I managed to get to ask Blanche Lincoln if she would vote to stop HR3590, the government takeover of healthcare bill passed by the House & Senate and being worked on behind closed doors by Harry Reid. After Lincoln claims that we must pass healthcare reform, I remind her that she knows there...
  • Is George Voinovich going to screw the GOP on health care?

    01/19/2010 8:32:56 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 84 replies · 3,796+ views ^ | January 19, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Sorry, I couldn’t word it any more politely than that. But the very prospect of GOP Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio bailing on his party to cast a swan song 60th vote for the government health care takeover bill makes me want to spit nails. Voinovich is meeting with President Obama at 11:30am Eastern today in the Oval Office. Nate Nelson at the Rust Belt blog notes that since Voinovich has already announced his retirement, he has nothing to lose. He’s infamous for turning into a blubbering mass on the Senate floor — while crusading for the illegal alien amnesty...
  • VP: Constitution 'on its head' (Biden slams filibuster)

    01/18/2010 12:20:30 PM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies · 1,439+ views
    Politico ^ | January 18, 2010 | Alexander Burns
    Vice President Joe Biden said at a Florida fundraiser Sunday that the 60-seat threshold for passing legislation in the Senate put a dangerous new roadblock in the way of American government. "As long as I have served, ... I've never seen, as my uncle once said, the constitution stood on its head as they've done. This is the first time every single solitary decision has required 60 senators," Biden said. "No democracy has survived needing a supermajority." Despite that dire warning, Biden said he's "optimistic" the country will appreciate the administration's accomplishments: "The American people are very smart, and we'll...
  • Some Democrats Want To Modify Filibuster Rules [Translation: Dems Want One-Party Rule]

    01/09/2010 8:42:57 PM PST · by Steelfish · 61 replies · 2,482+ views
    LATimes ^ | January 09th 2010 | Janet Hook
    Some Democrats Want To Modify Filibuster Rules With Republicans using endless speeches to block all manner of legislation, and the prospect of fewer Democrats after midterm elections, some say it's time for a change so the majority can govern. By Janet Hook January 9, 2010 Reporting from Washington - The Senate filibuster has emerged as the bane of President Obama's legislative agenda, igniting anger among liberals over a tactic that is now hogtying Congress even on uncontroversial bills. The threat of filibusters has become so common that congressional leaders take it for granted that any bill of consequence will not...
  • Why the Filibuster Is More Essential Now Than Ever

    12/28/2009 5:00:07 AM PST · by StatenIsland · 8 replies · 453+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 12/28/09 | Jay Cost
    This helps explain the increasing use of the filibuster. As the parties drift apart ideologically, the majority party will more likely introduce legislation that the minority party can't accept, giving the latter a stronger incentive to block it via the filibuster. Using the filibuster is thus a rational response when one finds oneself in the smaller half of a polarized chamber, which is more likely to be the case today than 45 years ago.