Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, January 25, 2013

Filibuster Reform

Yes, Reid got rolled.  It's a pusillanimous reform.  At the very least, it should apply to executive appointments and not just district court appointments.

But Reid was right, in that anything that would have gotten only 51 votes in the Senate would not have ever passed the House.

So in that sense, I think it makes sense.  Not because the reforms are worth a bucket of warm spit, but because it wouldn't have made much difference with the House in GOP hands.  So you take a small reform, and if they go back to being dicks (which they almost certainly will) and you have the House and White House, THEN you can argue that we tried incremental reform and now we need to go nuclear.

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