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I have an idea that I haven't heard anyone talking about.  Why not change the Senate Filibuster to only apply when one party is in control of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Presidency.

When one party has total control of the government you need the minority party to have some sort of check against totalitarianism.  When the opposition party has control of the House or Presidency the natural checks and balances of government kick in and the filibuster is irrelevant for legislation.

It should be an automatic rule that when one party has the trifecta, a 60 vote threshold can be enforced by the minority party.

Supreme Court nominations may fall under a different rule.  Maybe the filibuster is always applied to nominees or maybe if the court is split 4-4 and the nominee will shift the balance an automatic filibuster goes into effect.

Cabinet and Agency nominations should never be filibustered.  Reid is correct to do away with it.

There is no question in my mind the Republicans, lead by Mitch McConnell, are jumping for joy because Harry Reid might finally change the filibuster.  They will not hesitate one moment, if given the chance, to throw it out altogether and Harry Reid going nuclear is just the cover they need.  If you don't believe that, just look at what's going on in the states.

Republicans have defeated Voters Rights, Gerrymandered most of the country and over the next few years will change voting laws enough to force the trifecta majority they desire.  We shouldn't give them the excuse they're looking for to completely kill the filibuster which we will desperately want.  They might do it anyway, but won't be able to say 'The Democrats did the same thing'.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well - Joe Ancis

    by TexasJay on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 03:40:37 PM PDT

  •  My Feeling Since It's the Numbers That Everyone (1+ / 0-)
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    is up in arms over, why not simply impose a limit per year or per Congress in line with historic practice? Let the House minority retain its historic abilities to defend itself, while returning the majority to its historic ability to govern.

    I wouldn't doubt there may be some elements of procedure that need to be tweaked. Historically the filibuster had to be a speaking event which sounds good to me.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 05:16:47 PM PDT

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