Stalling on filibuster reform
For ever-hopeful liberal bloggers, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's introduction of a filibuster reform measure yesterday was a sure sign, yes indeed, that the Democrats are serious about filibuster reform. But are they?
Reid could have staged a vote, but instead, as I predicted, that will have to wait until after the Senate returns on January 24. (Only in Congress do you show up for the first day of work and then go on vacation for three weeks). A senior Senate adviser scoffed that if Reid had the votes, there'd be no delay. The only reason to put this off is to come up with an alternative that will allow the Democrats to withdraw the "nuclear option" gracefully.
It seems some Democrats have figured out the downside of lessening the rights of the minority. The Hill reports:
A senior Senate Democratic aide said some of the younger Democratic senators are having second thoughts about filibuster reform because they expect to be in the minority at some point in their careers.
"Believe me, when you're in the minority, you want the filibuster," said the aide.
And guess what? That might be as soon as 2012. In fact, it might be even sooner. In an interview yesterday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) indicated that she'd like to reconsider the individual mandate. Maybe there are a few others. Well, presto, there is a majority. Surely Democrats would want and deploy every rule in the book to slow down that train, no?
It never ceases to amaze me how liberals fail to grasp the concept of "unintended consequences," be they the result of their own procedural rules or their legislative output. I suppose when you are convinced that you are very smart (with an Ivy League diploma to prove it!) you imagine that all the angles are covered. More often than not, that's wrong. And rushing decision-making only makes it more likely that you'll miss something. Democrats can mull all that over for the next few weeks.
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