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That's kind of funny, because back in 2005, when, just as matter of coincidence, the Republicans had the majority in the Senate, the National Review was in favor of filibuster reform.  But now they've squared the circle:

In 2005, we supported a rules change to end an unprecedented series of filibusters of judicial nominations. Reid’s campaign is not designed to restore the traditions of the Senate, as that effort was. Especially considered in combination with his attack on amendments, it is an assault on the deliberative character of the Senate. As such it deserves resistance — if only by a determined minority.
Ah, yes, the "traditions of the Senate".  I'd hate to see THOSE trampled upon.


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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:05:15 PM PST

  •  We've all reversed positions. (2+ / 0-)
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    valion, Garrett

    Let's all agree that everyone else is a cause of outrage and move on to the substance of it.

    •  What the Republicans (2+ / 0-)
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      dougymi, Cartoon Peril

      proposed was doing away with the filibuster on judicial nominees with a simple majority vote:

      It’s Frist’s plan to change the Standing Rules of the Senate in order to prohibit Democrats from using the filibuster to block votes on Bush’s judicial nominees. Under the current rules, senators in the minority can indefinitely delay a floor vote on judges — or on just about anything else, for that matter — by engaging in extended debate.

      The Senate’s rules have allowed unlimited debate, or filibusters, since 1806, when senators dropped a rule that allowed a majority of the Senate to put an end to discussion and call for a vote. For the next 111 years, there was no way to stop a filibuster once it had started. But in 1917, when filibusters were blocking Woodrow Wilson’s plans for World War I, the Senate adopted Rule XXII, which allowed senators to end a filibuster by a two-thirds vote on a motion to cut off debate — a procedure called “cloture.” In 1975, the Senate amended Rule XXII so that cloture required, in most cases, the vote of not two-thirds but rather three-fifths of the senators. In today’s 50-state, 100-member Senate, that means it takes 60 rather than 67 senators to put an end to most filibusters.

      With the nuclear option, Frist and his supporters would effectively change that rule so that filibusters on judicial nominees could be cut off by a simple majority vote.

      Now you might think the Democrats had used the filibuster to obstruct hundreds of Bush's judicial nominees, since according to you, both sides do it, wouldn't you?

      Frist is upset that Democrats have used the filibuster to block a handful of Bush’s judicial nominees. Democrats have allowed 205 of Bush’s judicial nominees to be confirmed, but they have used the filibuster — or, more accurately, the threat of the filibuster — to prevent floor votes on 10 others.

      Do you know how many times the Republicans used the filibuster since Obama was elected in 2008? Over 300 times.
      So please stop with the "both sides do it" crap.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 02:06:30 PM PST

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  •  The chocolate rations have once again been (1+ / 0-)
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    increased to 20 grams from 30.

    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 01:17:02 PM PST

  •  Go back in time and you'll find opposition (0+ / 0-)

    to filibuster reform here at dailykos.  

    When the going gets rough, the average go conservative. --Henry Rollins

    by Beelzebud on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 02:23:25 PM PST

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