super70s <supe...@super70s.invalid> wrote:
> In article <LaKdnU0JuZrbrUL8...@giganews.com
> BTR1701 <no_e...@invalid.invalid> wrote:
>> super70s <supe...@super70s.invalid> wrote:
>>> In article <srmck9$16j3$1...@gioia.aioe.org
>, trotsky <gms...@email.com
>>>> Biden said "he's tired of being quiet about the filibuster." Prior to
>>>> that he was completely silent about the filibuster. I'm glad he kicked
>>>> the living shit out of Fat Boy in the election, but that doesn't
>>>> automatically make him a good politician.
>>> I just don't get what the big precedent is since McConnell overrode the
>>> filibuster to push Trump's "Dirty Three" court nominees through.
>>> Why have a filibuster if one party is going to abuse it like hell when
>>> they're in the majority or the minority.
>> You can thank Democrat Harry Reid for that. He was the one who killed the
>> filibuster for judicial nominees.
> Reid ended the practice of the filibuster for Cabinet and judicial
> nominees with the exception of Supreme Court picks. This was after
> Republicans refused to approve any of Obama's judicial nominees.
> McConnell then used a simple majority to push through Trump's Supreme
> Court picks.
> Are we all up to speed now?
When Republicans tried to end the filibuster:
CHUCK SCHUMER: The bottom line is very simple. The ideologues in the Senate
want to turn what the Founding Fathers called "the cooling saucer of
democracy" into the rubber stamp of dictatorship. We will not let them.
They want-- because they can't get their way on every judge-- to change the
rules in midstream, to wash away 200 years of history. They want to make
this country into a banana republic, where if you don't get your way, you
change the rules. Are we going to let them? It'll be a doomsday for
democracy if we do.
Now the same guy who said the above is calling the "cooling saucer of
democracy"-- which he was more than happy to use when his party was in the
minority-- a racist relic of Jim Crow. Weird how it only suddenly became
racist when it started stymying Democrats instead of Republicans.
BERNIE SANDERS (2019): No, I'm not crazy about getting rid of the
BERNIE SANDERS (2021): At the end of the day, we have to end the
filibuster. It is just unfair and undemocratic for a minority of the Senate
to prevent what the majority want in this country.
Weird how it wasn't unfair and undemocratic when Democrats were in the
minority and the filibuster was useful for stopping Republican initiatives.
It only became unfair and undemocratic the moment it got in the way of the