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Thursday, May 19, 2005

LA Times - End Filibuster

An LA Times editorial broke ranks with the Democrats. Link.
We don't share these activists' enthusiasm for the White House judicial nominees triggering the current showdown. But we do believe that nominees are entitled to a vote on the floor of the Senate. The filibuster, an arcane if venerable parliamentary tactic that empowers a minority of 41 senators to block a vote, goes above and beyond those checks on majority power legitimately written into the Constitution.

The filibuster is an inherently reactionary instrument most famously used to block civil rights legislation for a generation.

When a left-wing paper like the LA Times breaks ranks with the Democrats, they should realize that they are on thin ice. If their bogus arguments don't even convince the LAT editors, you can imagine how badly they must be going over with the American people. If the Democrats continue on like lemmings for the judicial filibuster, it could prove to be the Tom Daschle element in the 2006 senate races. The rule change will become mute if they drop below 40 as a result of fighting for it.

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