Senate tied in knots by filibusters
Margaret Talev | McClatchy Newspapers
Fri, Jul. 20, 2007
WASHINGTON — This year Senate Republicans are threatening filibusters to block more legislation than ever before, a pattern that's rooted in — and could increase — the pettiness and dysfunction in Congress.
But no .... then there was THIS not so long ago:
GOP May Target Use of Filibuster
Senate Democrats Want To Retain the Right to Block Judicial Nominees
By Helen Dewar and Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, December 13, 2004; Page A01
Republicans say that Democrats have abused the filibuster by blocking 10 of the president's 229 judicial nominees in his first term -- although confirmation of Bush nominees exceeds in most cases the first-term experience of presidents dating to Ronald Reagan. Describing the filibusters as intolerable, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has hinted he may resort to an unusual parliamentary maneuver, dubbed the "nuclear option," to thwart such filibusters.
"One way or another, the filibuster of judicial nominees must end," he said in a speech to the Federalist Society last month, labeling the use of filibusters against judicial nominees a "formula for tyranny by the minority."
They're for moral relativism before they're against it? They want rules that only favor them ... not rules that apply to all equally ... and whine when that's not the case? How ironic!
Oh! Bill Frist! Where are you now that we need your voice of reason? If it was so wrong then ... why is it so Right now?
Do I smell hypocracy on the march?