Here we go: Reid calls for Senate to revamp filibuster

posted at 9:21 pm on May 10, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Guy Benson, who has background on Reid’s outburst as well as irresistible video from 2005 of Dingy Harry (plus a bunch of other Democratic all-stars) singing the filibuster’s praises while they were in the minority, natch. You know who I think is actually to blame for this bit of theater? Richard Mourdock. Let WaPo explain:

Tuesday’s landslide victory in the GOP primary by Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, a staunch conservative who beat longtime Sen. Richard G. Lugar, gave Democrats hope for claiming a seat they have not seriously contested in three decades…

“Eight months ago, I thought that Republicans had a 60 to 65 percent chance of taking the majority. Now, it’s a 50-50 proposition as to whether Republicans can take the majority,” said Jennifer Duffy, a longtime expert on Senate races who works for the independent Cook Political Report.

Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, said he places his “pinkie on the scale” now for Democrats retaining the majority, but added that his calculation hinges on economic improvements, particularly as reflected in the monthly unemployment numbers. “A few more months of less than 200,000 new jobs, and I take my pinkie off that scale,” Rothenberg said.

A year ago it seemed a fait accompli that the GOP would pick up a bunch of Senate seats in the midwest and reclaim the majority. Today that’s less certain. The economy looks a little better than it used to — how could it not? — and Mourdock will have more of a fight on his hands than Lugar would have, so just maybe Democrats will squeak through with 51 seats. In that case, that darned filibuster’s got to go so that the majority can’t be sandbagged repeatedly by tea-party obstructionists. (See, e.g., Ezra Klein.) Wait a few months, though, and see what Reid et al. think in, say, September if we’ve had another summer of minimal growth and Mourdock’s out to a solid 10-point lead on Donnelly. Strange new respect for the filibuster as an extra brake on the world’s greatest deliberative body will flower anew. In fact, listen carefully here and you’ll see that he’s not exactly calling for an end to the filibuster, just some changes. He knows how badly this soundbite can come back to haunt him if he has to turn on a dime in, say, three months, so he’s leaving himself a little wiggle room just in case.


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Yup! Abused by the radical teahadist. This people hate America and all she stands for.

Uppereastside on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

If the GOP can’t win 5 out of 22 democrat seats in THIS economic climate, then there is a lack of leadership at the top which must, must, must be purged.

SouthernGent on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Harry Reid is not a human. He is an alien impersonating a human being and has been sent to Earth to screw over the USA.

It’s an alien plot, I tell you.

trapeze on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Where’s the budget…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Ok, Senator…about that budget???

Moron.

coldwarrior on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

In that case, that darned filibuster’s got to go so that the majority can’t be sandbagged repeatedly by tea-party obstructionists. (See, e.g., Ezra Klein.)

Obviously it’s been abused as Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar, and Orrin Hatch have repeatedly articulated when describing the behavior of Tea Party members of the Senate. The a Tea Party is uninterested in any form of governance that fails to pass its ideological litmus test. Only on the day when the US falls into a right wing dictatorship with the Tea Party be effective. So much for the party of Reagan.

Nonetheless, reforming the filibuster is a bad idea and is the wrong solution to our broken government.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy…

RedbonePro on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Thanks Nevada for resending this a$$wipe to Washington!

gsherin on May 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Proof that Nevada is nuclear waste free, as they have figured out a way to export it to Washington, DC.

Sgt Steve on May 10, 2012 at 9:31 PM

i’ve never thought retaking the Senate would be a cakewalk. I laughed when Morris said that Rs would pick up 10 seats. Dim/lefties aren’t just going to role over…they luv power ad the money. Nice lifestyle. And never underestimate the stupidity of the R party.

For example, i’m sure that George Allen is a great guy, back-slapping and chatting you all the way up to his office in the sky. But I don’t think he’s going to win. Just wait till the WaPo re-publishes its archive of maccaca stories…people will say ewwwwww…slimy racist that was a racist in school…ick

Okay?

r keller on May 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

It’s an alien plot, I tell you.

trapeze on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

How far is Searchlight, Nevada from Area 51?

coldwarrior on May 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

If the GOP can’t win 5 out of 22 democrat seats in THIS economic climate, then there is a lack of leadership at the top which must, must, must be purged.

SouthernGent on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

*Shhhh* — you’ll wake John Boehner from his tantric coma.

FlatFoot on May 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Dude, it takes 51 votes to pass a budget, and your caucus has what, 52 or 53, and you can’t even manage that. Don’t blame your incompetence on the filibuster.

On the other hand – go ahead and use the “nuclear” option, and then, when the Republicans take the Senate in 2012 with 52 seats, well, karma’s a bitch….

notropis on May 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

We will keep MA, NV, and IN.
We will pick up ND, NE, MO, MT, WI.
We have 50/50 chances in VA and OH.
We may also even get one of FL, NM, HI, NJ.

Dingy may want to rethink his strategery.

Gingotts on May 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

the independent Cook Political Report.

“Independent!”

snort….

notropis on May 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

In fact, listen carefully here and you’ll see that he’s not exactly calling for an end to the filibuster, just some changes.

Yes.

Change 1: When Dems rule, no filibuster.
Change 2: When GOP rules, filibuster everything.

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM

‘kay…. What’d I say that caused the HA filter to eat my other comment….

notropis on May 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

*Shhhh* — you’ll wake John Boehner from his tantric coma.

FlatFoot on May 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Uh, Boehner isn’t in the Senate.

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

AP and Dirty Harry must know something I don’t. I know you like to get your Eeyore on AP, but this is ridiculous.

For the Democrats to hold the Senate would mean an improbable Democratic wave. Never mind the hypocrisy of Reid after treating the filibuster like a holy sacrament – a ceremony to be taken often but never diminished in glory – for the six years of GOP control. Does he not realize that he’s going to need the filibuster badly by January? What does he plan to do if, say, the most likely scenario happens?

Oh, right, the hypocrisy again. The filibuster will go right back to being among our most cherished Congressional traditions if the Republicans win. It must be relaxing to go through life without having any sort of constant principles whatsoever.

HitNRun on May 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Where’s the budget…?

Seven Percent Solution
on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Ok, Senator…about that budget???

Moron.

coldwarrior on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

.
Dittos.

listens2glenn on May 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

*Shhhh* — you’ll wake John Boehner from his tantric coma.

FlatFoot on May 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

There are times when Men should remain silent.

Key West Reader on May 10, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Somewhere out there in the vast expanse of the Nevada desert amongst the dirt and rocks and creepy-crawly things that slither across the earth — a sad Cowboy poet rhymes a woeful song — while he pokes a Harry Reid with a stick.

FlatFoot on May 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Harry’s right. It has been abused. Never in the history of the Republic had it been used to keep judges from being confirmed and it was the Democrats who did the abusing.

ncborn on May 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

“This people hate America and all she stands for.”

‘Resist We Much’…

Seven Percent Solution on May 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM

We will keep MA, NV, and IN.
We will pick up ND, NE, MO, MT, WI.
We have 50/50 chances in VA and OH.
We may also even get one of FL, NM, HI, NJ.

Dingy may want to rethink his strategery.

Gingotts on May 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Now wouldn’t it be ironic if Dingy Harry did away with the filibuster, and the Dem’s lost their majority in the Senate…

SWalker on May 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Nonetheless, reforming the filibuster is a bad idea and is the wrong solution to our broken government.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

.
At least we agree on the idea that “reforming the filibuster is a bad idea and is the wrong solution to our broken government.”

listens2glenn on May 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

They are preparing for lame duck foreign treaties

Grunt on May 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Obviously it’s been abused as Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar, and Orrin Hatch have repeatedly articulated when describing the behavior of Tea Party members of the Senate. The a Tea Party is uninterested in any form of governance that fails to pass its ideological litmus test. Only on the day when the US falls into a right wing dictatorship with the Tea Party be effective. So much for the party of Reagan.

Nonetheless, reforming the filibuster is a bad idea and is the wrong solution to our broken government.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Yeah, it’s working so well in the hands of level-headed Democrats. Budgets are a thing of the past, jobs are so plentiful, and the economy is roaring ahead. Yep, things are just peachy when liberals rule DC.

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Nuff said. Harry Reid, you sniveling yellow bellied snake

Key West Reader on May 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

.
There’s no need to be insulting “sniveling yellow bellied snakes”, like that.

listens2glenn on May 10, 2012 at 9:44 PM

FlatFoot on May 10, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Well, my partner in Patriotic Vitriol, May I deliver you a gift for your State Senator?

I think that sesquechapalean stars in this one

Key West Reader on May 10, 2012 at 9:44 PM

We will hold AZ, IN, MA, MS, NV, TN, TX, UT, and WY and pick up MO, MT, ND, and NE.

That puts us at 50.

Throw in any one of FL, ME, VA, or WI and we have the majority.

steebo77 on May 10, 2012 at 9:44 PM

For example, i’m sure that George Allen is a great guy, back-slapping and chatting you all the way up to his office in the sky. But I don’t think he’s going to win. Just wait till the WaPo re-publishes its archive of maccaca stories…people will say ewwwwww…slimy racist that was a racist in school…ick

Okay?

r keller on May 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Macaca isn’t his only problem. George Allen reeks of establishment peeeeyew. That Tim Kaine has little-to-no separation from The Won might be a plus.

bettycooper on May 10, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Yup! Abused by the radical teahadist. This people hate America and all she stands for.

Uppereastside on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

You know, for an East Coast elitist, you’re English is terrible. “These people hate America”. Must suck to have a thuggish, flyover-country Tea Partier correct your grammer.

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 9:46 PM

“If you can’t win, cheat.”

-walking snake corpse Harry Reid

Bishop on May 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

You know, for an East Coast elitist, you’re English is terrible. “These people hate America”. Must suck to have a thuggish, flyover-country Tea Partier correct your grammer.

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Actually, my English is sucking too. “Your English is terrible.”

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Listen to a truely wise man: Learn to love the gridlock!

Valkyriepundit on May 10, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Let me get this straight: we’re supposed to support Lugar, Snowe, Brown and Hatch because they’ll compromise with this tool? Pass.

fitzfong on May 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Yup! Abused by the radical teahadist. This people hate America and all she stands for.

Uppereastside on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Obviously you have the Tea Party confused with our extremist President Barack Odumbo.

bw222 on May 10, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Ok. this scares me.

earlgrey133 on May 10, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Do you know what would stop the filibuster. Make them do it instead of giving into a threat. Several 50 or 60 hrs standing and trying to keep going will stop it right quick.

BruceB on May 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM

.Obviously it’s been abused as Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar, and Orrin Hatch have repeatedly articulated when describing the behavior of Tea Party members of the Senate.
.The a Tea Party is uninterested in any form of governance that fails to pass its ideological litmus test.
.Only on the day when the US falls into a right wing dictatorship with the Tea Party be effective. So much for the party of Reagan.

Nonetheless, reforming the filibuster is a bad idea and is the wrong solution to our broken government.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Who are the Tea Party members of the Senate and what was their hardcore ideology that unleashed havoc on Harry Reid’s productive year in the Senate?

bettycooper on May 10, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Take it easy on uppereastside. He/she/it probably attended New York City’s publik skuuls.

bw222 on May 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Why not pass a law that ends the filibuster 10 or so years from now? We have no idea who is going to be in the majority at that time. That way all the majority arguments for its end and the minority arguments for its continuance are put to bed.

blammm on May 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

The economy looks a little better than it used to — how could it not?

Because the liberal media is doing everything in their power to present this “little better” economy? BS. The reality is the economy and the jobs issue is in the tank. Only the media is allowing this narrative that “we are improving” and it’s completely false.

The a Tea Party is uninterested in any form of governance that fails to pass its ideological litmus test. Only on the day when the US falls into a right wing dictatorship with the Tea Party be effective.

Bayam alert! Those damn Tea Party folks are the scourge of our democratic system. Reducing the size of our federal government and adhering to the Constitution IS SACRILIGIOUS.

Rovin on May 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM

And it’s “grammar,” not “grammer.” Oh, well. Us flyovers ain’t so good at book lernin’,,,,

notropis on May 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Yup! Abused by the radical teahadist. This people hate America and all she stands for.

Uppereastside on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Serious question. It is actually the current crop of democrats, leftists, communists, union leaders and liberals who hate what this country stands for. Wouldn’t it be easier for you all to move somewhere that is already set up the way you like it than to try to make us all submit to your stupidity? It is not going to happen, so you will have wasted your lives wishing for something you will never get. I’m sure the French would be glad to have you, they are going to need a LOT of revenues to continue the way they are going.

Night Owl on May 10, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 9:49 PM
And it’s “grammar,” not “grammer.” Oh, well. Us flyovers ain’t so good at book lernin’,,,,

notropis on May 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Uh oh grammar nazis.. I am going back to the robot butt thread..much nicer group going on there :)

melle1228 on May 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Crap, I was going to congratulate it on finally succeeding at something for the first time in its life. Then you all had to go and talk to it. You didn’t even do that good a job. Maybe it will succeed again in the near future. Smart money says doubtful.

Bmore on May 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I wouldn’t worry about Richard Mourdock beating Joe Donnelly in November. This so-called “Blue-Dog Democrat” voted for Obamacare, TARP, and the stimulus.

In 2008, Donnelly won his house seat with less than 50% of the vote, splitting the majority vote between the Republican & Libertarian candidates.

With redistricting, Donnelly knows that he cannot be re-elected. The only way from him to save political face is to run a futile campaign for Senate.

playsalieri on May 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM

All talk. The Senate is going GOP next year. He knows it.

TheLastBrainLeft on May 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM

And it’s “grammar,” not “grammer.” Oh, well. Us flyovers ain’t so good at book lernin’,,,,

notropis on May 10, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Dadgumit.

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Desiring small government that adheres to the Constitution and not having $16 trillion debts = “dictatorship.”

Hoo-kay.

El Dillo on May 10, 2012 at 10:07 PM

of course…

what an idiot

cmsinaz on May 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM

There is a special place in hell for reprobates like Harry Reid. I hope he doesn’t enjoy one minute of the rest of his miserable life.

tom daschle concerned on May 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM

and he will abuse abuse abuse it when he becomes the minority next year

cmsinaz on May 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Yup! Abused by the radical teahadist. This people hate America and all she stands for.

Uppereastside on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Most here have learned not to feed the trolls by now, like this….uhhhh…guy. For those not yet initiated to this troll’s tactics, he throws incindieary bombs and gets off on watching the responses. Do us all a fsvor and deny him the fireworks show. Thanks.

ManWithNoParty on May 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Nonetheless, reforming the filibuster is a bad idea and is the wrong solution to our broken government.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Tell your Doc thanks, he got the meds adjusted just right.

hillsoftx on May 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Bayam alert! Those damn Tea Party folks are the scourge of our democratic system. Reducing the size of our federal government and adhering to the Constitution IS SACRILIGIOUS.

Rovin on May 10, 2012 at 9:58 PM

That’s laughable, what has the Tea Party done to reduce the size of government? Do you mean Bohener’s “grand bargain” with Obama to cut entitlement spending? Oh that’s right, the Tea Party killed it.

Read anything about the deeply intellectual Founding Fathers, in the context of their elite educations and fear of commoner rule, and you realize the Tea Party represents their worst fears, not the rise of constitutional protectionists.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Why not pass a law that ends the filibuster 10 or so years from now?

blammm on May 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

The Senate and House each vote on their rules at the beginning of each Congress and no Congress can bind another Congress.

So they could vote to change the filibuster at the beginning of a Congress, but then it could be changed back at the next Congress.

RJL on May 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Obviously it’s been abused as Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar, and Orrin Hatch have repeatedly articulated when describing the behavior of Tea Party members of the Senate. The a Tea Party is uninterested in any form of governance that fails to pass its ideological litmus test. Only on the day when the US falls into a right wing dictatorship with the Tea Party be effective. So much for the party of Reagan.

Nonetheless, reforming the filibuster is a bad idea and is the wrong solution to our broken government.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

All of your posts follow the same pattern; you throw a few names out there, then make your main point without any substantiation.

massrighty on May 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Take it easy on uppereastside. He/she/it probably attended New York City’s publik skuuls.

bw222 on May 10, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Sheesh, can’t learn you Yankees nuthin’, hit’s spelled skools. Skuuls is thet club thet Georgie Boosh joint at thet yule kollege he gone to.

Oldnuke on May 10, 2012 at 10:27 PM

All of your posts follow the same pattern; you throw a few names out there, then make your main point without any substantiation.

massrighty on May 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

What does that mean, you want me to hunt down links for you? Do you contest how many GOP senators including those named have described the Tea Party?

Reagan to liberal Tip O’Neil, his partner in compromise:
“Tip, if I had a ticket to heaven and you didn’t have one too, I’d give mine away and go to hell with you.”

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/c7505722-8d35-11e1-8b49-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=published_links/rss/world_us/feed//product#axzz1stBSjS00

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Yup! Abused by the radical teahadist. This people hate America and all she stands for.

Uppereastside on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

…you’re an ignorant azz…probably conceived from a sperm donation from a worthless POS named Harry Reid! (that felt good!)

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM

All of your posts follow the same pattern; you throw a few names out there, then make your main point without any substantiation.

massrighty on May 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM

What does that mean, you want me to hunt down links for you? Do you contest how many GOP senators including those named have described the Tea Party?

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

See, here’s where you failed to understand my post; Your response does nothing to counter my assertion. You dropped names, and then put forth this premise:

The a Tea Party is uninterested in any form of governance that fails to pass its ideological litmus test. Only on the day when the US falls into a right wing dictatorship with the Tea Party be effective.

You didn’t prove your point; and, no amount of name-dropping will drape your premise in legitimacy.

Then, you misread/misunderstood my post, but responded to it by failing to actually answer it.

massrighty on May 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Who ya gonna call? Filbustas (sung to the Ghostbusters theme).

Fuquay Steve on May 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM

We will keep MA, NV, and IN.
We will pick up ND, NE, MO, MT, WI.
We have 50/50 chances in VA and OH.
We may also even get one of FL, NM, HI, NJ.

Dingy may want to rethink his strategery.

Gingotts on May 10, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Now wouldn’t it be ironic if Dingy Harry did away with the filibuster, and the Dem’s lost their majority in the Senate…

SWalker on May 10, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I’d call it “cowboy” poetic justice.

GrannyDee on May 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Hah! People are still listening to Rothenberg? The guy was one of the last to realize the Republican tsunami was coming, and even when he did admit it he dramatically underestimated its size. The fact that he’s still expecting democrats to get a boost from the economy just shows you how much of an amateur he is! Even a lot of the MSM cheer-leader economists are now admitting that things are getting worse again, so if anything the economy will hurt them, not help.

Sheesh, it just astounds me how incompetent some of these, “professional analysts,” are. :P

WolvenOne on May 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM

i’ve never thought retaking the Senate would be a cakewalk. I laughed when Morris said that Rs would pick up 10 seats. Dim/lefties aren’t just going to role over…they luv power ad the money. Nice lifestyle. And never underestimate the stupidity of the R party.

Yes Mitt stands a decent chance of destroying the Republican Party.

Thankfully Americans are waking up and the Tea Party has a decent chance of saving the Party and getting rid of the Democrat Fleas in the party like Mitt.

Support real Republicans and at some point disassociate yourself and the party from Mitt and we will be fine. Of course the other possibility would be for Mitt to wake up live his religion and become a real conservative. Do not suppose that is impossible.

Steveangell on May 10, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Yup! Abused by the radical teahadist. This people hate America and all she stands for.

Uppereastside on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Did you go to school? I certainly am not a scholar or English prof.,–far from it, but I have noticed a pattern with you. You ain’t as “upper” as you would like to believe. “This people”, really?

arnold ziffel on May 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Reagan to liberal Tip O’Neil, his partner in compromise:
“Tip, if I had a ticket to heaven and you didn’t have one too, I’d give mine away and go to hell with you.”

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Gotta go all the way back to Tip O’Neil to find an honorable Democrat?

Mitoch55 on May 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Typical pathetic Eeyore puke.

Mourdock wins easily…

TexasJew on May 10, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Thanks Nevada for resending this a$$wipe to Washington!

gsherin on May 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I still have not renewed my NRA membership that I dropped after they announced their support for Harry Reid.

Yes, I hold a grudge against them for that. Probably always will.

UltimateBob on May 10, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Reagan to liberal Tip O’Neil, his partner in compromise:
“Tip, if I had a ticket to heaven and you didn’t have one too, I’d give mine away and go to hell with you.”

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

bayam, I want to cut off both of your arms.

Are you willing to compromise with me?

blink on May 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM

Is that the nature of Boehner’s “grand bargain” with Obama- it would have debilitated the nation? I’m not saying this about you, but many Tea Party members have a child-like understanding of how power is exercised in politics to achieve shared goals.

More importantly, Reagan demonstrated how civility and camaraderie should characterize the relationship between leaders. The Tea Party’s open hostility is no secret as Olympia Snowe and many others have made clear.

bayam on May 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

He who controls the Process….controls the Outcome.

Afterseven on May 11, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Erza Klein fights to weaken the filibuster when Dems contro the Senate, but will be mysteriously silent, or advocate for strengthening it, when Reps take control, mark my words.

#EzraKlein #Journolist #JuiceBoxMafia

kjl291 on May 11, 2012 at 3:59 AM

bayam on May 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Democrats don’t share goals with Republicans.

Otherwise the Senate might pass a budget. Since they only need 51 votesto do so.

Spliff Menendez on May 11, 2012 at 4:20 AM

More importantly, Reagan demonstrated how civility and camaraderie should characterize the relationship between leaders. The Tea Party’s open hostility is no secret as Olympia Snowe and many others have made clear.

bayam on May 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Reagaan had a Democrat controlled legislature and worked with them. Clinton had a Republican controlled legislature and worked withthem.

Obama has zero desireto work withanyone. So maybe yohshould direct your criticism atwho actually deserves it…the most divisive president in history…Barack Obama.

Spliff Menendez on May 11, 2012 at 4:24 AM

The a Tea Party is uninterested in any form of governance that fails to pass its ideological litmus test. Only on the day when the US falls into a right wing dictatorship with the Tea Party be effective. So much for the party of Reagan.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

….Grow up.

You liberals did nothing but obstruct when Bush was President,setting new ground with obstruction by even filibustering judges.
Bragged…bragged …and bragged about how important minority rights were and the importance of the filibuster.

Where was all this “dictatorship” whining when the OWS extremist wing of the democratic party was shoving legislation down the throats of Americans with their filibuster proof majorities.Legislation so irresponsible that you had to bribe your own elected representatives with tax payer money to pass boondoggles like Obamacare.
No budget in three years….more than a dozen jobs bills languish in the Senate with Reid refusing to bring them up for votes….filibuster majorities with majority control of the Hill since 2006 and all we get from liberals like you is ” we can’t get anything done because of those EEEEEEEEEEEvil Tea partiers”…..what a joke.
When elected officials push through disastrously failed legislation like the Stimulus…Obamacare…attempts for job killing bills like Cap-n-trade…. raise taxes on Americans during terrible economic times….then it is the duty of intelligent representatives to block it.

You liberals own this economic disaster you have presided over with your majorities, and all the whining about the Tea Party is not going to change that.

So please bayam…go back to your liberal leadership like this:

Tim Geithner: “We don’t have a solution..We know we just don’t like yours”

…yea bayam…this liberal idiocy is all the Tea Party’s fault.

Grow up.

Baxter Greene on May 11, 2012 at 4:34 AM

I’m not saying this about you, but many Tea Party members have a child-like understanding of how power is exercised in politics to achieve shared goals.

bayam on May 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

..and the OWS wing of the democratic party are such adults dodging real reforms on entitlements…no budget…and a massive record of failure during their majority rule since 2006.

On the democrats watch…deficits and debt have gone through the roof….unemployment is at record levels….millions of Americans leaving the work force….cost of living increasing across the board…..energy prices going up….Food Stamp participation going up.

..of course this failure is expected when this is what we get from democratic leadership:


Jay Carney Claims Unemployment Checks Create Jobs:

“It is one of the most direct ways to infuse money directly into the economy because people who are unemployed and obviously aren’t running a paycheck are going to spend the money that they get. They’re not going to save it, they’re going to spend it. And with unemployment insurance, that way, the money goes directly back into the economy, dollar for dollar virtually.”


Obama Ag Secretary says rise in food stamps is putting people to work

When asked about new numbers that show one in every seven Americans now receiving food stamps from the federal government, Vilsack said that’s good news. Food stamps create jobs


Valerie Jarrett:

‘People Who Receive that Unemployment Check Go Out and Spend It and Help Stimulate the Economy’

“More unemployment checks!!!!!”
……….More Food Stamps!!!!”

That’s real genius right their bayam…..let’s just tax the he!! out of Americans and buy our way to a surplus…..real intelligent squad these democrats.

Baxter Greene on May 11, 2012 at 4:47 AM

That’s laughable, what has the Tea Party done to reduce the size of government?

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

What can they do genius…you democrats have had the majority rule over this disaster.
Every time the Tea Party attempts to put forth real reforms….the democrats in control scream..”they want to kill grandma!!!”….”They want to destroy the country!!!…

you know…just like you

“Only on the day when the US falls into a right wing dictatorship with the Tea Party be effective. So much for the party of Reagan.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

….liberals start flailing and making absurd,excitable,and unsubstantiated accusations.
Then offer no real solutions.
democrats have held the majorities since 06 bayam…..you own this mess and all the whining about the Tea Party is not going to change this.

Obama:

“I won”…..

Baxter Greene on May 11, 2012 at 4:55 AM

Any suggestion that Murdock is vulnerable is laughable. He will win by over 25 points. The anti-Obama (and consequently anti-democrat) backlash here in Indiana is breathtaking. Republicans will take all major Indiana offices in a clean sweep come November. Take it to the bank.

tommyboy on May 11, 2012 at 5:31 AM

Macaca isn’t his only problem. George Allen reeks of establishment peeeeyew. That Tim Kaine has little-to-no separation from The Won might be a plus.

bettycooper on May 10, 2012 at 9:45 PM

The hope is that Kaine will have Obama appear at a couple of campaign stops with him… then the magic of President Plutonium will manifest. The Democratic Party has had problems at the State level post-2008 with the ’09 and ’11 elections seeing them lose ground along with the ’10 Congressional elections.

It’s hard to put VA at 50/50 if you look at the trends and there is nothing going on to turn the trends around. Even such Blue counties as Fairfax and Arlington are seeing problems on their budgets, and they are chock-a-block with federal workers.

And do remember VA has had its uranium mining curtailed and Obama went back on his off-shore drilling promises, which has an effect on VA as exploratory drilling has not been able to proceed. There is a balanced budget since the turnover to the Republicans at the State level…

Allen is a walking Charlie-Foxtrot but even he might be able to win in this climate. VA looks to be one of the last of the old-guard Republican elite States which will continue until the federal government starts shuttering agencies and stops the wealth transfer payments. If you want to help flip VA harder, then the major help is from everyone else voting in smaller government types to bring down the size, scope and power of the federal government. Get rid of the DC economy bubble and VA reverts to being a sleepy southern State once more, one with traditional economic and social values, not ones propped up by that behemoth across the Potomac called Moscow… errrr… DC.

ajacksonian on May 11, 2012 at 6:46 AM

Gosh, if we just had other than GOP approved RINO’s stocking the joint, they would filibuster the vote to change the filibuster….

Don L on May 11, 2012 at 7:20 AM

bayam on May 11, 2012 at 12:19 AM

“Grand Bargain”? You mean the same grand bargain that Obama scuttled after initially agreeing to it? the one that offered him “extra revenue”? One the Tea Party was willing to go along with? That one?

After he did that, it’s quite understandable that we’re very suspicious of Obama and the Democrats.

JeffWeimer on May 11, 2012 at 7:34 AM

I believe the republican enthusiasm is at one of its historically high levels. i sincerely think it will not even be close. As usual, the press calls it close, then after a 2010 debacle act all stunned. They will be stunned again.

mouell on May 11, 2012 at 7:54 AM

That’s laughable, what has the Tea Party done to reduce the size of government? Do you mean Bohener’s “grand bargain” with Obama to cut entitlement spending? Oh that’s right, the Tea Party killed it.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Oops, Boehner’s not in the Senate, so much for your complaint about Tea Party Senators. That aside, do you even remember why the deal failed in the first place, or did you just stop at the part where it “failed” and then stamped “Tea Party” on top of its non-passage, as Obama is wont to do?

What does that mean, you want me to hunt down links for you? Do you contest how many GOP senators including those named have described the Tea Party?

No, he just wants you to name the specific Senators you would describe as specifically aligning themselves with the Tea Party. I seem to recall a lot of newspaper articles following the 2010 election, suggesting that the Senate pickups went to Republican strongholds like Indiana and North Dakota, or seats where Arlen Spectre and Bob Bennett got primaried (what was that about ideological purity, again?), and that all the “major Tea Party candidates” (e.g. Joe Miller, Carly Fiorina, Sharon Angle) lost their bids, thereby proving that the Tea Party was just a bunch of fringe nutters that couldn’t put forth a viable candidate. Sounds like you need to get back with your glorious leaders and decide on a narrative: Is the Tea Party DOA and politically ineffective or did they somehow manage to conquer the Senate before Obama was even inaugurated and despite the Dems having 60 seats? I’m confused.

As several people ahead of me have been much swifter in pointing out, Obama has hardly shown himself the bastion of compromise, and the Senate has not even brought a budget to the floor in three years, other than to vote down Obama’s budgets UNANIMOUSLY, which makes it strange that you repeatedly compare Reagan to some nebulous Tea Party ethereal conglomerate bogeyman whatever thingy, but are reticent to compare him to Obama, who IS the president and who does NOT offer compromise except as a cynical gesture for political gain.

The Schaef on May 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Mourdock will have more of a fight on his hands than Lugar would have,

Take a hard look at the vile, Obama-sucking POS that Mourdock is running against. Being elected to the House by brain-dead, knee-jerk Democrats in South Bend is hardly an indicator of your chances in the whole of Indiana. This Senate seat is Mourdock’s to lose and I don’t think he’s a rookie politician who will gaffe himself to defeat. I have two questions for Dipsh!t Donnelly: What about that Obamacare vote, Scooter? Think your Catholic church is still behind you?

swinia sutki on May 11, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Obviously it’s been abused as Olympia Snowe, Dick Lugar, and Orrin Hatch have repeatedly articulated when describing the behavior of Tea Party members of the Senate. The a Tea Party is uninterested in any form of governance that fails to pass its ideological litmus test. Only on the day when the US falls into a right wing dictatorship with the Tea Party be effective. So much for the party of Reagan.

Nonetheless, reforming the filibuster is a bad idea and is the wrong solution to our broken government.

bayam on May 10, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Good lord, can you come up with any more nonsensical cliche statements?

You know what you say is a lie, yet you say it anyway. How does that feel? How does it feel to do nothing but lie to support your positions? It must make you realize you are wrong. Yet you still do it. Amazing.

Monkeytoe on May 11, 2012 at 8:19 AM

“Grand Bargain”? You mean the same grand bargain that Obama scuttled after initially agreeing to it? the one that offered him “extra revenue”? One the Tea Party was willing to go along with? That one?

After he did that, it’s quite understandable that we’re very suspicious of Obama and the Democrats.

JeffWeimer on May 11, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Don’t try to argue with her. She just lies and ignores facts. She has no logical or rational arguments based on facts. That is what you are left with when you are a liberal. You have to lie to even engage in debate because no facts or logic support your philosophy.

Monkeytoe on May 11, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Anyone else catch the glimpse of the presiding Senate President? That in itself explains much about what is wrong with our politics today.
Don’t take me wrong, Reid is a putz to the Nth degree. But when voters put a clown in the Senate, you just know things are broken.

Here’s hoping Reid sings a different tune when he’s Minority Leader in January.

JohnnyD on May 11, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Allah……economy looks a little better than it used to……the ONLY people who are saying that are those that are in the tank for Obama…..nobody with any common sense actually believes it, even those out there pushing that story don’t believe it!…..why are you spreading the o campaign propaganda I wonder? We are a hair away from falling off a financial cliff

Caseoftheblues on May 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM

This people hate America and all she stands for.

Uppereastside on May 10, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Hitting the bottle a little early last night? By the way, pu$$y, did GM and Chrysler go into bankruptcy or not?

MNHawk on May 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Once again the established leadership and some pundits are as clueless as Dick Lugar. He still doesn’t get it even after been punted out of office.

The GOP will take the senate because the people are angry as hell. Tuesday’s results are part of the wave that has been cresting for some time. The dems have a losing record for some time, which they furiously try to wave off, ignore and discredit. They are in the same denial as Lugar.

why are you spreading the o campaign propaganda I wonder? We are a hair away from falling off a financial cliff

Caseoftheblues on May 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I have to second that. The GDP was re-guestimated yesterday and it has been reported by a reliable agency that the real GDP was only 0.08% BEFORE it was downgraded.

How many thousands more signed up for unemployment last week?

Even Obama admits we are in a deep recession. But then he probably gets to see the actual statistics while the plebes get the messaging.

dogsoldier on May 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Had McConnell any dedication to the Constitution, he would have already filibustered until the Dems agreed on a budget.

At this point, the best thing that could happen to Senate Republicans – and the nation – would be for McConnell to lose in a landslide in 2014.

McConnell is the face of GOP failure and he needs to go.

cane_loader on May 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Harry Reid is an incompetent old man.

ultracon on May 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM

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