25 January 2013

Filibuster-reforming with the Devil

Apparently, the Senate has its filibuster reform. To me it deosn't seem to be much and that sentiment is confirmed by a Republican Senator:

“The rules change doesn’t really do a lot,” Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) told TPM, saying he’d vote for it. “It certainly preserves the 60-vote threshold, preserves the blue slip procedure. It preserves the filibuster. And that’s important heritage for the Senate.”

Apparently, preservation was Harry Reid's goal. Maybe he thinks the Democrats will be able to use the rules when they don't have the majority. If that's the case, Reid seems foolish. Republicans don't respect tradition. They're perfectly willing to throw-aside tradition if they see a political advantage in doing it.

Reid should be more cautious. Not just for what he's doing to the Senate but also for what he'd doing to himself. Negotiating with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is like dealing with the Devil. Anyone who attempts it deserves to be regarded with some suspicion.

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