Monday, January 26, 2009
Bring back the filibuster
For the past eight years, the mere threat of a filibuster has been enough to derail legislation that had clear majority support -- but not the supermajority needed to kill a filibuster. Forget that.
President Obama, a student of the Senate's particular rules as well as the legislative process, and the U.S. Constitution, should make the GOP talk its lungs out over the stimulus package.
Did you hear, or read, any of the talk from the Sunday talk shows? John McCain and other GOP senators acted like there hadn't even been an election, the Republican approach to governing hadn't been repudiated, and the voters hadn't called for ACTION on the economy.
Make 'em read the damn D.C. phone book until they choke!
Actually, though, I think the Dems are gonna pick off the two Republicans needed to pass the thing.
Obama has already set the tone.
If we stretch out our hand and you unclench your fist we will shake it. Unsaid, but there, is the corollary if you keep a clenched fist when we reach out, we get to bust your ass. Republicans included. But first, we have to show our open hand and their clenched fist. And then......
God Bless John McCain etc. they are sooooo predictable. They really believe they are digging a trap for Obama, but they forgot to take a ladder down in the pit with them. Say guys, how deep is it now.
Let's see some wrangeling to get real work done. I don't think it's bad to have an opposition party that does some oppositioning, for a change rather than an opposition party that rolls over to have it's belly scratched like the Dems. did.
As long as they are about their oppositioning on the people's business...which I expect there will be some of that, and some of the other...