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DISCLOSE act defeated … for now

But Chuck Schumer is promising a “flurry of votes” on the bill until it finally passes.  Republicans held solid on this attempt to get around the Supreme Court ruling that found the former campaign finance bill unconstitutional on 1st Amendment grounds.

Senate Democrats were only able to muster their 59 votes, which, of course has Ezra Klein and others calling for an end to the 60 vote Senate rule for cloture.

I say the act is defeated for now for a reason.  And that reason, as usual, is Olympia Snow (R-ME):

Olympia Snowe (Maine), whose vote was closely watched on the issue, said the bill wasn’t in a position yet where she could support it.

Key word is “yet”.  The promise in that word is Democrats can do something that will put her in a position to support it.

But back to Schumer.   He, of course, claims the “health” of our democracy rests on its passage.  Actually the health of our democracy rests on removing Senators like him from office, but here’s his statement:

"It’s the amount of money, not who you are, that is affected. And so we’ve seen a campaign of desperation, of full muscle, to try to do everything they can to stop this bill because they realize, as already in some campaigns we have seen, how this will fundamentally change the balance of American politics," he said. "It will make the average citizen feel more and more remote from his or her government. It will hurt the fabric of our democracy."

I would posit that the average citizen couldn’t feel more remote from the government than they do now, and this bill’s passage or non-passage has absolutely zero to do with that. 

In fact, the average citizen finds the more and more it hears from Senators like Chuck Schumer and sees them in action, the more that citizen realizes that they have little use for the Constitution – except to wrap themselves in it when it is politically expedient to do so – and will take every opportunity to attempt to insert government control where that document promised government wouldn’t be allowed.

It isn’t refusing to limit the 1st Amendment that’s damaging to the “fabric of our democracy”, it’s Senators and other lawmakers who attempt to do it that are the threat.

~McQ

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11 Responses to DISCLOSE act defeated … for now

  • I just hope the GOP picks up a few more Senate seats so we can tell Collins and Snowe to go s*rew….

  • alling for an end to the 60 vote Senate rule for cloture

    Somewhere there are a bunch of Republicans who have these huge smiles on their faces. Imagine, just as they are about to become the beneficiaries of a huge electoral shift at the ballot box, there is talk of lowering the needed votes to run the Senate. Come January, the Democrats will be talking of raising the cloture level back to 67.

    • Did this call to lower cloture come on the replacement Journolist (whatever it’s called now?)

      PS-  I see MA wants to bypass the electoral college entirely.   Longstanding rules and laws are icky!

      • “PS-  I see MA wants to bypass the electoral college entirely.   Longstanding rules and laws are icky!”

        Massachusetts.

        Ya know, if you understand Massachusetts, that’s all you really have to say, just the name of the state.
        A more confused yet all knowing collection of individuals cannot be found until your feet touch the sacred soil of California (well, okay, there IS an enclave on the Potomac river tucked in between the states of Maryland and Virginia).

  • This is one of those issues that, like requiring ID to vote, will pass if an election comes and goes and the world doesn’t end.
    If the SCOTUS ruling is left intact through November and the “evil” corporate money affects nothing, they know they won’t be able to pass this later.  The spectre of “EVIL” is their only hope.

    • Oh, not just evil!  “FOREIGN EVIL!!!”.

      I can sympathize with that nicely Mr. Obama.  Oh, how’s George Soros these days?

  • More people are paying attention now. Is this the time to pass these kinds of laws? I don’t think so.
    The unions are going to be front and center in many elections coming up, see New Jersey for a preview.

  • Senate Democrats were only able to muster their 59 votes, which, of course has Ezra Klein and others calling for an end to the 60 vote Senate rule for cloture.

    I’m surprised that there is still a desire to change (or even remove) stuff like filibusters and cloture votes.  Republicans may make significant gains in the coming midterms, and liberals must consider the possibility (even if it is remote) that 2013 may dawn with a Republican president and a large Republican majority in congress.  Are they not concerned that they may be laying the groundwork to allow Republicans to pass an agenda that is completely anathema to the left, and have far fewer procedural obstacles to deal with?

    • Oddly enough, if they think about the down stream effect at all, they count on the Republicans not acting as scummy as they would.