Skip to main content

View Diary: Elizabeth Warren argues strongly for filibuster reform (222 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  It changed over time cuz of a mistake (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    milton333, Shirl In Idaho, StrayCat, ferg

    Someone removed the motion to end debate from the senate rule book. Then, 30 years later, some clever dude realized that he could talk endlessly and derail something he did not have the votes to stop.

    thus, the filibuster was born. The word itself means something underhanded:

    The English term "filibuster" derives from the Spanish filibustero, itself deriving originally from the Dutch vrijbuiter, "privateer, pirate, robber" (also the root of English "freebooter"[2]).
    from wikipedia

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:10:04 AM PST

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site