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Friday, April 29, 2005

The Compromise the D's Should Love

(Note: I tried to post this last night, but as I literally typed the last word, my computer reset. I figured it was the Almighty's way of telling me to go to bed. Thus, this may not even be newsworthy any longer.)

Senator Frist offers the following:

In exchange for giving up filibustering judicial nominees, the Republicans would offer...

a) Guaranteed up-or-down votes on nominations for Circuit Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court nominees.

b) Guaranteed debate time of up to 100 hours for those nominees.

c) Guaranteed reporting of nominees from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the Senate floor.

d) Guaranteed protection of the legislative filibuster.

Additionally, Frist is refusing to turn back any of the current ten nominees.

Now, at first I thought I would be willing to part with one or two of them to get this deal. I even thought Frist was being too much of a hard case. Then I thought about it overnight.

If the Democrats' filibuster truly is all about 'debate' and 'the minority voice', isn't the guaranteed 100 hours exactly what you want? This should get an automatic 'yes' from them.

But it won't, because it isn't about debate, and it isn't about the minority voice. It is about power and obstructionism, and forcing the majority to comply with the minority. That, my friends, is not democracy.

It's like, oligarchy, or something.

Well, I know it's not a monarchy, it isn't a dictatorship, and it sure smells like communism (as practiced, not opined). Anyway, thanks to Ace.


  • That's the ticket Hammer!

    Don't give up anything. Frist, Delay, and the boys are eating their lunch. True...that's not too difficult a feat I admit...but!
    It'll be fun to see how Doonesbury ends his DeLay death watch shtick in his barfoon comic strip.

    By Blogger David Hunley, at 4/30/2005 07:48:00 PM  

  • You read Doonesbury, David? OK, I do too. My favorite comic is "The Boondocks." I particularly liked it when one Sunday my son, after reading it, says, "Dad, do you hate blacks?" I was a bit taken aback, and said, "Do you think so?" He said, "No, but this cartoon says that Republicans hate blacks."

    I wrote the paper a letter about minmizing the funnies while printing Ted Rall, as well as Doonesbury and the Boondocks (political cartoons) in the funnies. No response, of course.

    By Blogger Hammertime, at 4/30/2005 10:54:00 PM  

  • There's a compromise, give up the filibuster and we'll let you keep the filibuster.

    By Blogger Mark, at 5/03/2005 03:56:00 PM  

  • Hammer,

    Yeah..I read'em all :). You have to admit (as your son illustrated) that it is a pretty effective way of getting an emotional point across to the young or naive. Fortunately, most of us wise up before we reach voting age---but as we well know, not ALL of
    I actually wrote Joel Pett about a cartoon of his for Her-Led. Got a response back too...some drivel about "just wanting to improve we all do". It's posted somewhere on, now, by a ton of stuff but I think I could find it. If you want, I'll link it to you.
    I say they are "pretty" effective...but probably not as effective as they would like; I have a funny little story that supports that. My daughter was visiting MSU a while back. She was sitting next to a kid reading a newspaper. Mr. Fletcher walked by and asked the kid reading the newspaper "Quick...tell me if that headline is conservative or liberal!"
    The kid didn't have a clue what Mr. Fletcher was talking about concerning conservative or liberal. My daughter glanced at the headline and said "Oh that's so liberal!" Mr. Fletcher got a kick out of that.
    So I'm hoping they're just preaching to an ever decreasing choir. But I am not so big that I don't get a kick out of BC getting a lick in every now and then :).

    By Blogger David Hunley, at 5/03/2005 11:13:00 PM  

  • Mark,

    I donno know. I'm inclined to think when children misuse a toy, it should be taken away from them.

    Actually, a "compromise" isn't necessary. All that is necessary is for the filibuster to be conducted properly and for the purpose for which it was intended. Mark, you don't seriously believe that the actions about to be taken by Frist and the boys are going to take away the filibuster do you? Please tell me this is just the same kind of over-reacting you're prone to concerning the social security issue.
    I'm also waiting for a response to my "Mr. Clinton disagrees" response to your "deficit is the problem" response to my "Social Security Reform is about Freedom" post.

    (Sorry can't seem to discuss things above the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of 6 anymore)

    By Blogger David Hunley, at 5/03/2005 11:29:00 PM  

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