Thursday, July 15, 2010

Quote Of The Day

Jon Walker on the Democrats' feeble excuse that the Republican's ability to block cloture has brought the government to its knees:

Nothing is stopping 51 Senate Democrats from taking to the floor and in 20 minutes using Senate procedure to eliminate the filibuster. Republicans even threatened to do just that back in 2005. This excuse of the filibuster and Republican obstructionism is merely a self-constructed fantasy that the Senate has impressively convinced the rest of Washington to believe. A political tooth fairy, if you will. But this means Democrats are 100 percent to blame for not passing the laws they promised to and for failing to govern. They actually are fully capable of passing any law if they really want to.

Democrats Blame Senate GOP for Failure to Govern; Voters Still Blame Democrats

I don't know all the minutia of Senate rules, but this much is obvious: anyone who remembers the phrase "nuclear option" should remember that when the Democrats threatened to filibuster, the Republican threat to eliminate the filibuster was taken seriously. It doesn't really matter why it was taken seriously - for the most part, the same people who were in or discussing that situation then are discussing it now. Harry Reid, for instance, was the Democratic leader in the Senate. Why is it suddenly not an option, eh?

It doesn't matter whether they were wrong then or now, we clearly were being lied to at one time or another by Democrats trying to justify their lack of action. That's a lesson to take from this.

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