I Yield For A Question
Contribute to Tigerhawk's Instalanche. In all the hoopla surrounding the nuclear option in the Senate he makes an excellent point...
If you are going to filibuster, then you should have to filibuster. Filibusters should come at some personal and political cost. We should abolish the candy-ass filibusters of modern times, and require that if debate is not closed it must therefore happen.As some of the editors of this blog, who are familiar with Republican politics in New Jersey and on the national level, frequently lament to each other; the Senate GOP leadership is incredibly short-sighted on this issue.
The prospect of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton or Ted Kennedy bloviating for hours on C-SPAN would deter filibusters except when the stakes are dire, if for no other reason than the risk that long debate would create a huge amount of fodder for negative advertising. If Frist were to enact the "reform" of the filibuster instead of its repeal, he would sieze the high ground. He could take the position that the Republicans are merely rolling back the "worst excesses" of the long period of Democratic majority in the Congress, and that filibusters will still be possible if Senators are willing to lay it all on the line.
Somehow, the Senate Republicans (and House ones too) seem oblivious to the fact that someday, maybe soon, WE'RE GOING TO BE IN THE MINORITY!!!!
[JERSEY] Whad are ya, a freakin' dummy?!
You're going to give up one of the most important tools you have to stop rampaging Dems for what? To get 10 judges through? Who cares?!
This is going to come back to bite us in the ass. It's just like when we were in charge of of New Jersey. Man we had it all, the Legislature, the Governor's office. Things were gonna be fat and happy forever. The party could never end!
We got nothin'. NOTHIN'!!!
Total short-sightedness. Throwing away the cow for a pile of magic beans...