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December 28, 2004

The filibuster must live... for both sides sake.

Republican's want the filibuster to be eliminated. Of course they do. Why not start crossing out some more of the Constitution while you're at it?

We're pleasantly surprised by Reid's approach to this...

Link: USATODAY.com - GOP sets up Senate collision on judges.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has vowed to tie the Senate into procedural knots if Frist tries to change the filibuster rule. "It will be very difficult to get even the most routine work done in the Senate," Reid spokesman Jim Manley said in an interview Sunday.

The Senate, which must approve all presidential nominees to the federal bench, confirmed 204 of Bush's nominees during the last Congress. Of the 20 whom Bush intends to renominate, seven made it to the Senate floor — and then were blocked by Democrats from coming up for a vote. Reid said the candidates Bush intends to renominate are "extremist."

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Read the Constitution -- it's not even mentioned. The filibuster is a faux rule which is actually contrary to the Constitution which you might recall refers to a majority. Both sides have used it for good and bad reasons, but it shouldn't be enshrined as part of the Constitution.

Posted by: jim at Dec 28, 2004 8:02:08 PM

Jim - how right you are. The filibuster was created in 1790 to keep the capital of the U.S. from becoming Philadelphia.

So, it's over 200 years old (like I said). It's also as much a part of the Constitution as Amendments are (like I indicated).

And, with your cute comment about "a majority"; the "majority" can win over any filibuster by cloture.

Posted by: ABP at Dec 28, 2004 8:33:38 PM