13 October 2015

F%$# Me. I Agree with Mitch McConnell

He is looking at further restricting the filibuster.

Notwithstanding the assertions by Senators that the US Senate is "The Word's Greatest Deliberative Body," the filibuster, and its routine use has made it nothing more than a petri dish for psychopaths:*
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is opening the door to changing the filibuster in response to growing pressure from Republicans angered that Democrats have blocked legislation from reaching the White House.

McConnell has appointed a special task force to explore changes to the filibuster rule and other procedural hurdles — including whether to eliminate filibusters on motions to proceed to legislation. That’s a tactic the minority often uses to shut down a bill before amendments can be considered.

McConnell has tapped his close ally, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), and Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) to form a task force with Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and two other freshmen to weigh various reforms. They hope to implement the changes at the start of next year.

“We’re going to take a serious look at whether Senate rules ought to be changed in order to make the Senate work more effectively,” Alexander said.
The filibuster is an accident of history, and it has done far more harm than good.

To the degree that the filibuster returns to the fetid swamps of history, it is a good thing, regardless of party.

*Understand that this is not a formal diagnosis. I am an engineer, not a doctor, dammit!
I LOVE IT when I get to go all Doctor McCoy!!!


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