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View Diary: Can You Help Me End the Filibuster? (249 comments)

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  •  It's not true (1+ / 0-)
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    that the Dems never used it. We did stop Bolton and Estrada, for example. we didn't abuse it. That's the difference.

    •  Bolton served anyway (5+ / 0-)

      as a recesss appointment without Senate confirmation.

      so for 8 years under Bush, the one thing we accomplished was keeping Estrada off the DC Court of Appeals?

      in what possible progressive calculus could that outweigh all of the battles the Dems never filibustered: 2 wars, the Patriot Act, NSA wiretaps, torture, and 2 new Supreme Court Justices who support all of the above - Roberts and Alito.

      •  Those things were popular at the time (0+ / 0-)

        The will to filibuster wasn't there. It coudn't have been there, for example, for the Patriot Act or the auhtorization for force in Afghanistan. Ted Kennedy backed the war in Afghanistan. Only Barbara lee in the House voted no. I think it's silly to blame the passage on these things on the (unused) power of the filibuster.

      •  Bolton served only a year (1+ / 0-)
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        Not good, but would have been way worse. The filibuster kept him from serving both before the filibuster and after his recess appointment expired.

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