Senate rules: Not as important as some would have you think
Paul Kane has a great piece on the freshman Democratic senators who're tired of serving in a body that functions like a cross between Robert's Rules of Order and an SNL skit. But most telling are the sage warnings of the Senate elders. "Extended deliberation and debate -- when employed judiciously -- protect every senator, and the interest of their constituency, and are essential to the protection of the liberties of a free people," responded Sen. Robert Byrd.
Say what? Have we seriously just defined citizens of England, Canada, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and a host of other countries "un-free" because they don't allow legislators to slap anonymous holds on mid-level presidential appointees? Or given that such tactics are not be employed judiciously in our system of government right now, have we just defined ourselves as an un-free people? The Senate needs to get over itself. Its inane and increasingly misused traditions -- some of which are accidents created by a shoddy edit of the rulebook -- are not some lonely bulwark standing between us and tyranny.
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