Thursday, May 7, 2009

WSJ Filibuster-proof majority?

Chicago Thursday PM, May 7, 2009

Editors, Wall Street Journal


Daniel Henninger is as good a political writer as any, but why does he waste even eight words to " the Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate majority." ("Should the GOP Forget Reagan?" Thursday, May 7.) Filibuster/cloture is a Senate 'rule of proceeding', and as such, can be set/changed/eliminated anytime 50 senators and a vice president agree to it. The Republicans couldn't do it even to formalize a long tradition of not filibustering judicial nominations. But it would take Democrats only seconds, depending on how much they have to gain from it.

Arnold H Nelson 5056 North Marine Drive Chicago IL 60640

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