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1/22/2010

Nuking the Nukers Before They Nuke Us

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:10 pm



The Hill.com reports:

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) intends to introduce legislation that would take away the minority’s power to filibuster legislation.

I think we should filibuster it.

13 Responses to “Nuking the Nukers Before They Nuke Us”

  1. All of the Republicans could vote for Harkin’s bill and the Democrats would filibuster it with at least 41 Democrat votes. But if Republicans vote against it, all the Democrats will vote for it…just as long as they feel confident that it will be successfully filibustered.

    j curtis (5126e4)

  2. It’ll be easier to get rid of ethanol subsidies that way I guess.

    happyfeet (e9e587)

  3. Harkin is just blustering.

    “In light of the fact that it takes 67 votes to change the Senate rules, it does not look likely that a rule change would happen anytime soon,” said a senior aide.

    Official Internet Data Office (c93f96)

  4. Hey, can he also get rid of those pesky Bill of Rights? Keeps the riff-raff out.

    Pons Asinorum (1f16cc)

  5. He is aware that at some point, the Dems won’t be in the majority, right?

    And that when such a time comes to pass, they’ll have to live under such a rule?

    Prediction should this threat become reality: With the Dems in the minority, they will claim that Republicans took away what power the minority party has, that they are responsible for making it so it is impossible to block any legislation the republicans want to pass. And the press will carry that water with a smile on their face.

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)

  6. Like those changes the Dems made in Massachusett(E)s worked out so well for them…You would think they would learn.

    Oh, right, ideologues don’t learn, they impose.

    Vivian Louise (643333)

  7. Some of the old truths will always remain – scratch a far – left liberal, see the fascist lying just underneath.

    Dmac (539341)

  8. Harkin is just dumb enough to try to get rid of the filibuster just before his party becomes a minority again. It probably goes back to his days as a combat pilot in Vietnam.

    MIke K (2cf494)

  9. And as others have said, these characters don’t understand that the laws they change to benefit their purposes now could be used by their opponents later.

    But then, they were able to flip-flop on emergency congressional appointments in Massachusetts, I guess. Except I believe those antics were part of what drove the voting drive for Scott Brown.

    Fair and good laws? The ones you don’t mind in the hands of your bitterest enemies.

    Eric Blair (20b3a8)

  10. He could also add that the bill could not be changed by any future bills.

    jmel44 (da7822)

  11. I think we should filibuster it.

    Yes! And Scott Brown can start it off. We can make a movie about it later. :)

    Patricia (b05e7f)

  12. Just delay it until October, that’s all I ask. If they can get rid of the Presidential veto somehow, do that as well.

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  13. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) intends to introduce legislation that would take away the minority’s power to filibuster legislation.

    I think one thing to grasp is that, over the first six years of the Bush presidency and the GOP majority that held at the time, there were repeated instances where the GOP wanted to pass something, the Dems filibustered, and the GOP resisted overriding them even though they had the people for it, expecting similarly “honorable” treatment from the Dems when the shoe was on the other foot. This was how the Dems held up A LOT of judicial appointments, as I recall…

    So much for treating with Dems like they had any honor…

    > Like those changes the Dems made in Massachusett(E)s worked out so well for them…You would think they would learn. Oh, right, ideologues don’t learn, they impose.

    To expect wisdom from The Left is to expect a torrential rainstorm in the Atacama.

    You should bet in six different state lotteries at once. You’ve got a better chance to win all six on the same day than to see such behavior from Dems.

    IgotBupkis (79d71d)


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