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A Constitutional -- Not a Nuclear -- End to Confirmation Filibusters

Victor Williams | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Victor Williams

The Senate invoked a constitutional option -- not a "nuclear" one -- to end the 60-vote threshold required to end confirmation filibusters. The Senate action is a return to the constitutional governance of the Framers' design -- there is nothing "nuclear" about simple-majority votes.

Bipartisanship: The Coat that Hides the Same Suit

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

It makes no sense to have the votes needed to carry that position and then give up in the interest of securing additional votes you don't need to placate the feelings of those who oppose your effort.

The Era of Minority Rule

Eli Merchant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eli Merchant

The filibuster as it is presently practiced in the Senate requires a super majority to do anything, and thus replaces majority rule with minority rule -- a negation of democracy's core principle.

The Fallacy of a Democratic Supermajority

Zach Friend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Zach Friend

On the surface, there were 60 Democratic votes. But when you subtract two Independents, what existed was not 58 unilateral views or votes. A supermajority is a bloc, and this was never a bloc.

Stewart Destroys Dems For Not Getting Public Option Passed (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Alex Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

Jon Stewart went off on Senate Democrats last night for failing to get their health care reform plan past the Senate Finance Committee despite having ...