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Sunday, April 17, 2005

The Nuclear Option

I've commented on this on other blogs, and thought it worth my time (if not yours) to put it here.

It looks as if the Republicans in the Senate have the votes to go through with the "nuclear option".

To alleviate some of the confusion, the Republicans are not trying to end the use of the filibuster. What they are doing is trying to end its use on judicial nominees. The filibuster will always be available for use against legislation. There is an explanation of the details here.

I disagree with this course of action - only because I feel a better one is available. The filibuster, as designed, involves the minority of senators speaking constantly, on the floor, for every hour of operation in the Senate. This effectively paralyzes the legislative branch of the federal government, becuase no bills can be passed in the senate while the floor is being utilized for speaking. The filibuster rules require that 60 senators agree to a 'cloture', which terminates the discussion on the issue.

The filibuster was designed this way for one reason - so that a minority of senators could bring an issue to public attention. If the legislature is paralyzed, it is obviously for a critical reason. Two things would happen: either the public would see the wisdom of the minority party's senators and pressure those in the majority to drop the bill, or the public would see the lunacy of the minority party's government shutdown for an issue that is either wrong or at least not worthy of such attention, and would pressurre the minority party to stop the filibuster themselves (or increase the number willing to cloture). Therefore, the filibuster had a potential cost to the filibustering party. This occurred with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which had a minority of senators in opposition, who were defeated.

The current "gentleman's filibuster" requires no such government shut down. All that happens is that the minority party says, "we're filibustering this", and the issue cannot pass without 60 votes. This costs the minority party NOTHING. That is why it is used with impunity these days - most of the public doesn't know enough of the details of the nominees to have an opinion, and because nothing as drastic as government stoppage is occurring, they continue to not know, and the minority party benefits from the ignorance of the populace.

The best option is to restore the filibuster to its original state. The Democrats don't want this either, as it would expose the current lunacy. I can't figure out why the Republicans haven't already done this - it is truly a gut check for the minority party. I suspect some self-serving purpose is involved.

Since my choice will not be acted upon, I suppose the current "nuclear option" is somewhat acceptable. I just think that pretty much 100% of Americans would prefer to go with the "Team Hammer Option" instead.

7 Comments:

  • I have a post on my blog, debunking the 5 myths of filibustring the dems and their shills in the MSM are putting forth.

    By Blogger Sailor, at 4/17/2005 02:26:00 AM  

  • One question? How is the minority who represents the majority suppose to stop the majority that represents the minority?

    Look it up the amount of people the Dems represent are more than the Reich Wing. So getting rid of the filibuster does what? It iliminates the majority

    By Anonymous The Bastard, at 4/18/2005 12:57:00 AM  

  • Which is why the House has a Democratic majority...whoops! It doesn't! I mean, which is why the President is a Demcorat who received a majority of the popular vote and the electoral vote...whoops! He isn't!

    Weak to non-existent logic. Try again.

    By Blogger Hammertime, at 4/18/2005 08:28:00 AM  

  • Ah! Young Petawan Learner. This is not a Democracy. It is a REPUBLICAN DEMOCRACY. Our very wise forefathers ensured that it would not be a democracy in its true definition because no democracy has ever stood the test of time. Our Republican Democracy has survived because the masses must choose people to represent them and make good decisions for them. This is why we have Republicans in the majority and the Presidency.... the masses are tired of the poor choices made by the minority party (the Democrats). I do not know why the Republicans do not follow the "old rule" of filibusters either. I have sent messages and letters requesting such, but, alas, it has not changed. I think Hammer is correct. This is the best choice, but if it should not occur, then we will have to choose the Nuclear Option and deal with the future as a minority party should that day come.

    By Blogger The Good Coach, at 4/18/2005 11:19:00 AM  

  • So, Robert Novak is your source on who will vote with the Rightist-led majority party? That is like having Joseph Goebbels as your reporter on Europe in the mid-30s. Fair and biased reported.

    As for judges.

    By Blogger Robert P, at 4/18/2005 01:29:00 PM  

  • That made no sense, whatsoever.

    Oh wait, I see now.

    Reich Wing.

    Goebbels.

    Republicans=Nazis, BusHitler, etc.

    Don't you get it? We ignore that nonsense. That's more why you jokers lost than perhaps anything else - wild-eyed, shrill screams of hatred.

    By Blogger Hammertime, at 4/18/2005 04:01:00 PM  

  • Hammer,

    LOL...

    "The dissuasive jab; feinted to the solar plexus".

    I appreciate Mark over at the moderate liberal more than ever...but the guys at BIO are more fun (same results...but more fun :).

    By Blogger David Hunley, at 4/21/2005 05:09:00 AM  

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