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New Republic: Is the Filibuster Good? No, No, No, No, No, No, (GOP Retakes Senate) Yes

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:31 pm

New Republic, January 14, 2014: Stupid filibuster!

The Filibuster Does Not Protect Minority Interests

New Republic, September 29, 2014: Stupid filibuster!

Killing the “Nuclear Option” Will Not Save the Senate. It Will Ruin Obama’s Final Two Years

New Republic, March 7, 2013: Stupid unconstitutional filibuster!

Is the Filibuster Unconstitutional?

New Republic, July 15, 2013: Stupid filibuster!

Bring on the Nuclear Option!

New Republic, August 6, 2013: Stupid filibuster!

Harry Reid Should Kill the Filibuster, for Real This Time. Democrats have all the leverage. Why won’t they use it?

New Republic, November 21, 2013: Stupid filibuster!

Nuking the Filibuster Is Great. Sanctimonious Beltway Types Just Won’t Admit It.

New Republic, November 4, 2014 (just after GOP retakes the Senate): Second look at the filibuster?

Democrats Should Use the Filibuster Ruthlessly Against the Republican Senate

Hackery is fun to watch, isn’t it?

35 Responses to “New Republic: Is the Filibuster Good? No, No, No, No, No, No, (GOP Retakes Senate) Yes”

  1. Ding.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. So, they’re back to “last bastion of the Republic”?

    Kevin M (d91a9f)

  3. Lovely. You know they were thinking this and wouldn’t put it out pre-election for exactly this reason.

    Robert C. J. Parry (293015)

  4. However, they will punch Perez through as AG using the nuclear option before they go.

    There needs to be a price established for that. Like “we will open Yucca Mountain”

    Kevin M (d91a9f)

  5. There needs to be a price established for that. Like “we will open Yucca Mountain”

    Or better yet, we will be holding hearing after hearing focusing on the abuses of the Holder Justice Department.

    JVW (60ca93)

  6. Dissent is, once again, patriotic.

    It used to be racist.

    Rodney King's Spirit (8b9b5a)

  7. Ioiddi.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. Slate had some major hackery today as well, something about the left winning last night from William Saletan I believe.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  9. Getting stuff done is not an unalloyed good.

    Restore the filibuster.

    DNF (46af08)

  10. The hubris and shamelessness of the left are sickening. Of course, the ends justify the means with such people, because they are, after all, a paradigm of humaneness, tolerance, generosity, compassion and love. [Snerk!]

    Mark (c160ec)

  11. The filibuster rule in the Senate reminds me of the pre Civil War rules about never mentioning slavery in Congress.

    To hell with phony rules, that wouldn’t pass the constitutionality sniff test if they were adopted in State legislatures, and are only designed to give the minority an unnatural veto.

    Let Congress live by the rules everyone else has to abide by. One law.

    papertiger (c2d6da)

  12. Wait until the Republicans try to use “Reconciliation” to undo some of Obamacare. The Dems will scream bloody murder, and try to make everyone forget that the Dems used reconciliation to pass it in the first place.

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  13. A President of your own party in the White House is better than a filibuster when you’re in the minority. He can veto. The majority party does not care because it will win on up and down votes on things like Presidential appointment. It’s important only when the majority and the President are of the same party. Then the minority does not stymie the majority and the President.

    Having said that, let the Reid option hang like a sword of Damocles over the heads of the Democrats looking forward to a Republican President and Senate in two years. It might tempt them to be more cooperative now. Like maybe not using it in the next two months to confirm Obama appointments.

    nk (dbc370)

  14. The way to prevent nominations from flooding though is this: Senate committees could be 10-8 Republican. Do this and they’ll be 10-4.

    Kevin M (d91a9f)

  15. Erwin Chemerinsky says this is perfectly consistent!

    Mitch (bfd5cd)

  16. The filibuster is dead.

    Those who are pretending otherwise are either liars or fooling themselves. But the filibuster was always extra-Constitutional and utterly unenforceable by anything other than rigorous mutual adherence to, and reverence for, the tradition of senatorial debate.

    It was a soap bubble, then, despite its incredible importance in American history. It’s gone.

    But I fully expect the new GOP majority in the Senate to indulge themselves in the fantasy that if everyone agrees again now (while the GOP’s in the majority) that the filibuster is an important limit on majority power and must be preserved, then the Dems will continue to hold to that undertaking the next time there’s a Democratic majority.

    But they won’t, next time. No more than the next time, Lucy will actually leave the football in place for Charlie Brown to kick.

    Call me Cassandra. I’m going to shout at those kids to get off my lawn, because one of them looks too much like Mitch McConnell.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  17. so good.

    asdf (889b5b)

  18. So sour, the grapes of wrath.

    htom (9b625a)

  19. York finds the extra buffer in the House will free him from needing Dhims to pass his capitulations.

    Like the arguments here against a filibuster ‘reasonings’ appear opaque.

    DNF (46af08)

  20. The filibuster should go. The parliamentary rules should extend courtesies to the minority but should not permit them to gum up the works indefinitely. As for Reid, it is tempting to suggest the parliamentary rules should specify that the Sergeant at Arms should detain him from time to time and stomp on his face.

    Art Deco (ee8de5)

  21. filibusters do not affect me

    I just float on

    happyfeet (09ace0)

  22. Chris Hughes, didn’t take his better half’s loss particularly well did he,.

    narciso (ee1f88)

  23. You know how they call reconciliation the “Byrd Rule”? Well, Republicans have to start calling abolishing the filibuster situationally the “Reid Option”. “When the filibuster is convenient to us, we will allow it. When it’s inconvenient to us, we will exercise the “Reid Option”.

    nk (dbc370)

  24. Prediction: Soon to be released and rocket to the top of the NYT best seller list: “What’s Tthe Matter With America”, by Thomas Frank

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  25. On the other hand, this level of hackery is nothing compared to the days when the New Republic praised Mussolini.

    pst314 (ae6bd1)

  26. Anyone else having problems accessing Insty?

    askeptic (efcf22)

  27. I can’t make the page happen on my phone

    happyfeet (09ace0)

  28. Odd. pjmeida is up and no mention of this on

    Kevin M (d91a9f)

  29. Yeah, me too. Check his backup site. Google *Instapundit down*.

    nk (dbc370)

  30. insty up now

    Kevin M (d91a9f)

  31. Heh.TM

    carlitos (c24ed5)

  32. Yeah, it was back up after returning from my bike ride – though I did send Glenn an email before leaving.

    askeptic (efcf22)

  33. Good news, everyone!

    DISSENT IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF PATRIOTISM is the coin of the Obamacrat realm again!

    Tell your friends!

    Good Lt. (370eaa)

  34. The New York Times is a poster child for reversals on it editorial positions on filibusters.

    scrubjay (e4db39)

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