Tag Archives: Reconciliation


1 Mar

When the minority opposition party’s raison d’ĂȘtre, as expressed by its leader Comte Limbaugh de Palme-Ouest, is to see the President fail, you get this: a record number of threatened filibusters and cloture votes. 112 last year. Over 40 already in just the first two months of 2010.

Luckily, reconciliation on budget bills is an equally valid Senate procedural tactic and lets them get it done with 51. After all, that’s what the Republicans did when George W. Bush was president and they needed to push through massive deficit-expanding tax cuts.

Either way, the Democrats should make the Republicans make good on their threat to filibuster health insurance reform. Make them talk, just like then-Democratic Senator Strom Thurmond talked for over 24 hours in his effort to prevent African-Americans from being guaranteed a right to vote.