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  •  The filibuster has been used as a cudgel (9+ / 0-)

    The original intent was for it to be a braking mechanism to prevent any Senate majority of streamrolling the minority on issues sensitive to them.  

    But it has been used recently, and only by the GOP, to bring all the work of Congress to a complete halt because the GOP's sole objective, which was outlined even before Obama's inauguration in 2009, was "to make Obama a one-term president" (direct quote from Mitch McConnell).

    So the filibuster has been turned into a weapon, as crude as a barrel stave, useful only for partisan political purposes.

    The proposed reforms do not get rid of the filibuster.  They merely outline new parameters for using it.  In the old days, if you wished to filibuster something you had to actually stand in the well of the Senate and speak non-stop until the body got fed up enough to withdraw whatever bill ot nomination caused the stir.  All that's being proposed now is going back to that scenario.

    I'm not sixty-two—I'm fifty-twelve!

    by Pragmatus on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 11:55:46 AM PST

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