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September 22, 2010

What's A Filibuster?

-- by Dave Johnson

Six paragraphs before they use the 'F' word. Move to End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Stalls in Senate - NYTimes.com

The Senate "voted against." It "stalls." The Senate is "paralyzed by the partisan fury" and is "a result of a dispute between Democrats and Republicans." "Senate Republicans voted unanimously to block debate on the bill."

And then, finally, six paragraphs down,

The vote was 56 to 43, with Democrats falling short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and bring the bill to the floor.

No wonder the public blames Democrats for not getting anything done.

Posted by Dave Johnson at September 22, 2010 10:46 AM


And four years ago (before Nancy and Harry took Congress) you would have defended to the hilt the sacredness of the Filibuster in "defending the minority".

It's funny how you'll turn on a rhetorical dime when the control of the branches is reversed.

Posted by: Scorpius [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 22, 2010 1:59 PM

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