Past filibuster issue differed

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Just recently, the U.S. Senate voted to remove the filibuster rule for appointments by a 52-48 vote (all but three Democrats in favor and all Republicans against). If you go back eight years – when the Republicans were frustrated about the judicial nominees being filibustered by the Democrats – they, too, put forward the idea of removing the rule (the same as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did weeks ago, as he suggested he would move forward on removing the rule).

At the time the Republicans suggested it, anybody with any gray matter at all left in their heads remembers that it was dubbed “the nuclear option” by the media and the Democrats. The media – instead of calling the Democrats “obstructionists,” like they so often do the Republicans – painted Democrats as heroically making the stand against the more powerful juggernaut of the Republican majority.

But when the Democrats’ judicial picks are being filibustered, the media, all of a sudden, purposefully have a short memory, painting the Republicans yet again as the obstructionists, and losing the term “nuclear option” in their lexicon.

Now, I guess the sky does not fall and the political world does not come to an end with the ending of the filibuster rule. Yet now, after all the hype and fight of eight years ago, Democrats will get their way after – with the media’s assistance – having kept the Republicans from doing the same thing.

Lastly, it should be remembered that Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., put together the Gang of 14 at the time the Republicans put forth the idea to remove the rule. The effort was to ensure that judicial nominees will have greater chance of being pushed through (albeit more moderate) but stopped the filibuster rule (a.k.a. “nuclear option”) from being initiated. Even though the Gang of 14 has turned into a Gang of Eight, where were the votes to stop the filibuster rule change from the Democrats? Graham, in essence, stopped Republicans from getting their desired picks through for several years during their majority hold of the Senate.

This makes Graham the actual obstructionist of the Republicans’ will in the Senate. Be thinking of that when you consider his re-election bid. South Carolina can do better.

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Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 11/27/13 - 09:16 am
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Maybe if 49% of the cloture
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Maybe if 49% of the cloture motions in the nations history has just somehow coincidentally occurred under Bush (Excuse me, 5 years of Bush's Presidency. 5 out of the government's 224 years.), things would have been a little different. The xxxxxxx GOP met before the inauguration and agreed to vote against ANYTHING Obama did. They even voted against some of their own bills if Obama supported them. Half of their xxxxxx party are mouth breathers who didn't even believe Obama was born in the US. They're loaded with kooks. They believe Glenn Beck, Limbaugh, Fox, and David Barton. They'd tear this country to pieces if they had a chance. They shouldn't be trusted with sharp objects, much less have power in this country. The GOP used to be halfway reasonable. In the days of daddy Bush, Kemp, Dole, I didn't vote for them but they weren't freakin' nuts like the kooks that are in there now. If they ever have all 3 branches, the religious right American Taliban among them will lead us into Armageddon and we can kiss it goodbye. Personally, I'd like to stick around a little longer.

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 11/27/13 - 10:30 am
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Say what?

Bod, look at the facts please. Obama had free reign for the first 3 or 4 years. EVERYTHING he wanted to do got past. It was only later that PEOPLE started to wake up and see Obama for what he really is. If you want to continue to take his side, even with overwhelming evidence to the contrary right in front of your face, then go ahead. But please stop publishing your one sided garbage and name calling. Republicans and the House are not our enemies. Without the stabilizing force they stand for, we would not have the foundation to support liberalism. Think about that for a minute!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/27/13 - 10:40 am
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Gary

Name calling is the substitute for no decent argument. The frustration of Obama supporters is very obvious in Bod's posts everyday. They thought things would be so different than they have turned out.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/27/13 - 10:54 am
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Just remember....the

Just remember....the DEMOCRATS changed this rule because their nominees were too left wing controversial to get 60 votes. THEY would not negotiate like the Republicans did. This rule was there for a purpose and now it no longer exists. I don't want to hear any whining if and when the Republicans take back the Senate. A nuclear explosion might win a battle but radiation lasts a long, long time in such a confined little place like the Senate chamber.

Darby
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Darby 11/27/13 - 02:06 pm
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As usual, Bod makes it up as he/she goes along.

Throwing around personal insults and making up secret meetings by Republicans does nothing to solve any issue. It just demonstrates that he/she drinks from the same jug of Kool-Aid that seems to be a required dietary component for Democrats.

The bottom line is, that while Republicans threatened the nuclear option, they were NEVER reckless enough to invoke it. Cooler heads ALWAYS prevailed!

Bod's nightmare scenario WILL come to pass at some point. Republicans WILL control ALL THREE branches of government and the proverbial shoe WILL BE on the other foot.

Then what Bod? How do you put that god-awful genie back in the lamp? The answer is, you don't because it isn't possible.

Democrats have assured America of a future where we will simply face the prospect of flipping back and forth from a liberal dictator to a conservative one with each election.

James Madison informed us that the that the framers had created the Senate to "cool" rhetoric and tempers just as a saucer was used to cool hot tea. Insuring that decisions were not made in haste.

Obama's Democrats have done what none who preceded them in the previous two centuries had not dare to do.

They have smashed that "saucer" on the cold concrete floor of partisan political greed.

teaparty
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teaparty 11/27/13 - 02:55 pm
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"The xxxxxxx GOP met before
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"The xxxxxxx GOP met before the inauguration and agreed to vote against ANYTHING Obama did."
At least they had something right.

Darby
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Darby 11/27/13 - 04:10 pm
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"The xxxxxxx GOP met before the inauguration

and agreed to vote against ANYTHING Obama did."

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Yeah, except that it never happened.

robert2410
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robert2410 11/27/13 - 07:52 pm
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Comparing us to the Taliban
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Comparing us to the Taliban while at the same time supporting the nut that occupies the White House does not make any sense. It would be helpful if the left could actually make conversation instead of incoherent insults and innuendo. I don't know what is up with you guys

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carcraft 11/27/13 - 08:05 pm
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Gee Bod, more Americans

Gee Bod, more Americans believe Fox News than the lying occupant of the White House! BWAHAHAHAHA

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/27/13 - 09:02 pm
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One Sick Mind

"Place it where you think it exist!"

Darby
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Darby 11/28/13 - 12:48 pm
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IF YOU LIKE YOUR TURKEY, YOU CAN EAT IT!

PERIOD!

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