Over the past 20 years, and particularly the last four, something radical happened in our democracy. The filibuster has gradually transformed the legislative branch of government from a majoritarian democracy into a body frozen by a "minoritarian" veto.
It's time to make sure that any senators who want to hold up the business of the Senate show up and own their obstruction -- instead of making empty threats while keeping our country from moving forward.
Barack Shellac hit the market to great fanfare in early November, the latest entry in the burgeoning Do-It-Yourself home-repair category. The early word: Here's a shellacking you won't find lacking. Our own findings: Don't be so sure.
Rules of the Senate cannot trump the obvious intention of the Founding Fathers that legislation passed by majorities of both houses, except for the explicit exceptions for ratification of treaties, becomes the law of the land.
It is downright ludicrous to say that a Nobel Prize-winning economist is somehow not qualified to get a job running economic policy for the government. Until Sen. Richard Shelby realizes this, Obama and the White House should point it out.
Reconciliation may result in the passage of health care reform. But whether the public will think of that as a legislative triumph, or a commie, death panel Democratic coup will depend on the battle of the sound bites.
The Senate is a system designed, for good or ill, to permit a minority to interpose itself, as obnoxiously or as honorably as they may choose. Eliminate all that, and what do you get? You get the House of Representatives.