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The Plot to Kill the Filibuster - And the last-ditch bipartisan effort to save it

The Plot to Kill the Filibuster
Via » Submitted On Fri, 12/14/2012 - 10:54pm by Norman Wolfe

Legislator: Sen. Ron Johnson

Daniel Foster writes on NRO: Senate Republicans, with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R., Ky.) blessing and led publicly by Senators Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) and Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), have launched a new-media initiative called "Stop the Nuclear Option," complete with website, Facebook-share button, and Twitter hashtag suggestions (including #NuclearOption, #PowerGrab, and #CoupAttempt).  

Its uphill mission is to make the GOP interest-group coalition care about that bit of Senate esoterica that is the filibuster, and the dust-filmed procedure Harry Reid’s Democrats intend to use to destroy it.

Republicans got a taste of what such a Senate would be like this week, on the TAG bill (a holdover from the TARP era) — when Reid broke a land-speed record in “filling the tree” (that is, blocking all possible amendments to the bill) and filing for cloture (that is, daring a filibuster) less than two minutes after Republicans voted overwhelmingly to begin debate on the measure.

On the conference call, Senator Johnson called the way Reid constantly fills the tree (he’s done it 107 times so far) “unconscionable” and a major reason for the partisan tit for tat that has ground the Senate to a halt.


The filibuster must be saved for both parties. The democrats are showing very short term sight on what they are willing to destroy.

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