Skip to comments.Time to Retire the Filibuster [NYT Editorial 1-1-95] (A must read)
Posted on 04/27/2005 5:16:17 PM PDT by OXENinFLA
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Note to MODS: I know we're supposed to excerpt the NYT but this is from the Congressional Record and is public domain.
Good find! You should send it on to Rush and Hannity.
Yeah looks like it.
Filibusters, Then and Now
Senator John Cornyn
New York Times
"The Senate on the Brink" (editorial, March 6) supports the "historic role of the filibuster," which is a curious position for a newspaper that 10 years ago said filibusters were "the tool of the sore loser" and should be eliminated ("Time to Retire the Filibuster," editorial, Jan. 1, 1995).
Federal judicial appointments have certainly been controversial, but surely all Americans can agree that the rules for confirming judges should be the same regardless of which party has a majority.
Now you praise the filibuster as a "time-honored Senate procedure." In 1995, when Bill Clinton was president, you called it "an archaic rule that frustrates democracy and serves no useful purpose."
You disparage the Republicans' view that 51 votes should be enough for judicial confirmation. Yet the 51-vote rule is a consistent Senate tradition. By calling for an end to filibusters, the Senate is simply contemplating restoring its traditions by traditional methods you disparage as "nuclear," even though they were once endorsed by such leading Democrats as Senators Edward M. Kennedy, Charles E. Schumer and Robert C. Byrd.
My head is spinning and I feel faint. Even MY sizable brain is overloaded and cannot process the overdose of Mega-Hypocrisy and massive deceit from the NY Times and the democrats.
That's my favorite part of this editorial.
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It's like deja vue all over again....
I wish Mitch McConnell would read this in the Senate tomorrow--
Or, better yet, have Bush read it tomorrow night before his press conference-----LOL
What have we proved? That the NYT are partisan hacks? Like we haven't known all along!
Lucy ya got some splanin to do! Democrats doing what Democrats to, take every side of an issue.
Here's an idea. Delete the party reference and the names of the senators involved. Post it around libs as a New York Times editorial and see what they say.
Then spring the trap on them - that it was 10 years ago when Democrats wanted to use the nuclear option (or a variation of it).
I like Senator Harkin's proposal and I think we need to endorse it as "Senator Harkin's proposal", thus claiming "bi-partisan support" for the idea. We can even proclaim it a "compromise" from the "nuclear option". Yeah, I love it!
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