Your new presidency
…naturally requires a like-minded imperial Senate. Washington Times:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will try to push through a change to Senate rules that would limit the GOP’s ability to filibuster bills.
Speaking in the wake of Tuesday’s election, which boosted Senate Democrats’ numbers slightly, Mr. Reid said he won’t end filibusters altogether but that the rules need to change so that the minority party cannot use the legislative blocking tool as often.
“I think that the rules have been abused and that we’re going to work to change them,” he told reporters. “Were not going to do away with the filibuster but we’re going to make the Senate a more meaningful place.”
Republicans, who have 47 of the chamber’s 100 seats in this current Congress, have repeatedly used that strong minority to block parts of President Obama’s agenda on everything from added stimulus spending to his judicial picks.
Far be it for me to whine and carp at wholly subjective language in this the age of Obama’s rightly and necessarily finally defeating an obstructionist Party-of-No Congress apparently intent on ending, say, Bill Clinton’s post impeachment and equally trademarkable Work of the American People, but something about this just seems like the wrong tone to initiate what will almost certainly be the last best four years of the American Republic. Four years sans reelection fears but replete with the President’s number one’s vow to work even harder. Well, and the President’s too, more or less.
As you bitterclingers knew that Republic, that is. You antiques. I mean, even Fox hasn’t gotten that memo.
So the big question a day after Obama’s decisive electoral-vote victory is, will it be gridlock as usual or did Tuesday night’s results herald a new era of compromise?
Or do you altogether miss the point of bypassing Congress altogether?