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The left hypocritically whines in unison about Senate GOP filibuster threat

I know this comes as a shock – shock I tell you – but the left is just in a tizzy today about the GOP Senate caucus’s unanimous decision not to allow anything to go forward in the Senate’s lame duck session until the tax cut question is settled.

Andrew Sullivan characterizes it as "dickishness" (and Dan Riehl comments that Sullivan has finally found something to like about the GOP). John Cole is on about "first priorities being millionaires", Charles Johnson hits it with "GOP totally committed to obstructionism", and the not so Moderate Voice snarks "Common ground, Republican style".

Whatever happened to the celebration of the minority power of Senate Democrats when they were not in the majority? As I recall then, Minority Leader Reid was aghast that the majority should want the ability to ramrod it’s agenda through the Senate without any input or ability to check it by the minority. And at the time he used the filibuster (and that’s what this is by the GOP, a filibuster) he certainly considered it a check against "absolute power" and something that our much "wiser" founding fathers encouraged.  Then it ensured “that no one person and no single party could have total control” according to Reid.   He even lectured everyone on it:

…when legislation is supported by the majority of Americans, it eventually overcomes a filibuster’s delay, as public protests far outweigh any senator’s appetite for filibuster. But when legislation only has the support of the minority, the filibuster slows the legislation, prevents a senator from ramming it through and gives the American people enough time to join the opposition.

Mr. President, the right to extended debate is never more important than when one party controls Congress and the White House. In these cases, the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government. …

For 200 years we’ve had the right to extended debate [i.e., filibuster]. It’s not some procedural gimmick. It’s within the vision of the founding fathers of our country. … They established a government so that no one person and no single party could have total control.

Some in this chamber want to throw out 214 years of Senate history in the quest for absolute power. They want to do away with Mr. Smith, as depicted in that great movie, being able to come to Washington. They want to do away with the filibuster. They think they’re wiser than our founding fathers. I doubt that that’s true.

Ah, but that was then, and this is now. When it was the "evil" GOP in charge of the Senate, and brave Sir Harry and the Dems were the only shield against their tyranny, the founders were "wise". And the lefty blogs agreed.

Now, apparently, when it is used in exactly the same way Harry Reid and Senate Democrats used it while they were in the minority, well it’s pure obstructionism, “dickishness” and other such descriptions driven  by the left’s collective tantrum. 

Apparently ensuring a system exists “so that no one person and no single party could have total control” is just outside the pale now.  They want total control and they want to ram through what they desire without anyone’s interference.  And they’re willing to have the necessary convenient memory lapse they’re all experiencing right now to ensure their “outrage” seems driven by principle.

Save it, boys and girls – I’ve been in the blogosphere more than one day and I remember quite well your arguments of “principle” when Harry Reid was playing the same game as the GOP is now (see above).  Now you want everyone to swallow this faux outrage of yours and accept this argument of convenience that essentially throws your previous “principled” argument  under the bus?

Sorry, no sale.

~McQ

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12 Responses to The left hypocritically whines in unison about Senate GOP filibuster threat

  • I recently went to look up what happened on May 23, 2005 .. the date cited on some sites under the banner of the “Coalition of the Chillin”.
    It was the day that the “Gang of 14″ …

    A bipartisan group of fourteen U.S. Senators has successfully negotiated a compromise whereby a “nuclear option” showdown over judicial filibusters would be averted.

    How soon they all forget.

  • Hope they all decide to hold their breath ’til they get their way.
    Please, please, please let it be so…
    As to the GOP Senate…remember that NONE of you guys are safe from a primary.
    Your job is to enforce the “restraining order” handed down by the voters.

  • More drivel from the whiny self absorbed hypocritical class that has laid claim to, distorted, and destroyed, the terms ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’ and made the word ‘conservative’ a pejorative.   An entire segment of society composed of childish personalities robed in adult bodies.

  • Well, all of us on the Democratic side are not in disagreement with the idea that no major business should go forward in this lame duck session.

    The voters made a strong statement for a change in direction, and for our lame duck session leaders to ignore that, and try to cram unpopular legislation through before the new members are seated, is simply contrary to the stated will of our citizens.
    Most Republicans and Democrats among the citizenry can agree that the lame duck session has no mandate from the people, and should simply be adjourned, without inflicting further damage on us.

    • J. Tyler BalanceMost Republicans and Democrats among the citizenry can agree that the lame duck session has no mandate from the people, and should simply be adjourned, without inflicting further damage on us.

      A very reasonable position.  Unfortunately, the people in DC (on BOTH sides) couldn’t care less about what the citizenry wants.  It may take sending more of them home in ’12 and even ’14 for them to get the message.

  • Little Green Footballs is still full retard, huh?

  • Dear Left:   CHOKE. ON. IT.

    But look at the bright side…..you’ll be happy you have the filibuster after 2012

  • I wonder if any of these people cited here as being so deeply worried about “obstructionism” and the people’s business not being done also mussed their drawers to the same extent over the Dems declining to do their job and not passing a budget?

    • Next year (and even more so in 2 years time), the Democrats will be using each and every legislative trick that they now bemoan.  This smells of premeditated political positioning.

  • Consider the alternative

    “Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse in its ultimate results? It’s almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists.”

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