Sunday, December 2, 2007


It's more than just a GOP talking point, now it's a way of life:

So far in this first year of the 110th Congress, there have been 72 motions to stop filibusters, most on the Iraq war but also on routine issues like reauthorizing Amtrak funding. There were 68 such motions in the full two years of the previous Congress, 53 in 1987-88 and 23 in 1977-78. In 1967-68, there were 5 such votes, one of them on a plan to amend cloture itself, which failed.


The last time either party held at least 60 seats was in 1977-78, when the Democrats had 61.

Until that happens again, said Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, people can expect to see plenty of filibuster threats. “I think we can stipulate once again for the umpteenth time that matters that have any level of controversy about it in the Senate will require 60 votes,” he said.

Thanks guys -- I'm glad you can be trusted not to abuse what little power you've got left now that you're in the minority ...

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