Will the Senate go on Strike?
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has threatened to shut down the Senate if the Republicans go through with their threat to eliminate the filibuster. Give ’em Hell Harry!! You go, Guy!! Unlike his predecessor, Tom Daschle, Reid has a spine; and previously non-existent backbones seem to be growing throughout the ranks of Senate Democrats. It’s about time!
The Senate will return in early April after a 2-week recess, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is expected to carry out his long-threatened move to eliminate the filibuster. Reid accused Bush and Senate Republicans of trying to “break down the separation of powers and ram through their appointees to the judicial branch.” He also accused Bush and Frist of harboring “a desire for absolute power.”
The way the Republicans have steamrolled and bulldozed their way over the opposition, you’d think they had won the election with 99% of the vote. They’ve already achieved many of the goals that the Far Right has been wet dreaming about for decades, and they’re on the cusp of dismantling Social Security and raping the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The filibuster is a tradition dating back to the 1850s; both parties have a long history of using and overusing this tactic. Any attempt to derail this tradition for short-term gain (i.e. absolute power for the current president) is going to backfire.
The House Ethics Committee came to a standstill several days ago. Democrats on the committee finally had enough ninth inning rule changes designed solely to protect Tom DeLay every time he fell into the sleaze pool.
A strike in the Senate would be far more drastic. But if the Republicans insist on eliminating every time-honored procedure that stands in their way, they’re asking for it.
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