Democrat Pushing For Mob Rule In The Senate

In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.

James Madison

Mark Udall (D-CO) is pushing for ‘filibuster reform’ that significantly weaken the most effective tool the minority party has in the Senate. If implemented, this measure will enable the majority party in the Senate to ram through even more legislation.

Via The Foundry:

Rule 22 is the most powerful tool for the minority party to leverage participation in the legislative process. If Udall’s idea becomes part of the Senate’s rules, the Senate would become a smaller version of the House, where Members of the minority party have little right to do anything other than vote. Chipping away at the filibuster rule would chip away at the Senate tradition of unlimited debate and an open amendment process.

Many on the left blame the filibuster for every failure of the Obama Administration. Can’t pass tax cuts? Blame the filibuster rule. No public option in Obamacare? Blame Senators who pledged to filibuster. Want bigger government with little brakes to slow that growth? Eliminate or curtail the filibuster. President Obama and the party in power are facing devastating defeat this fall on Election Day not because of the filibuster in the Senate but because of failed leadership. The filibuster has become the straw man crutch of the left.

In reality, the filibuster protected the rights of Democrats in 2005 when they wanted to slow the confirmation of President Bush’s judicial nominees, and it proved valuable for Republicans to force extended debate on Obamacare. The filibuster grants power to the minority party and has protected the American people from overreach from Washington.

This has “bad idea” written all over it.

  • John Carey October 4, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    They need it for the lameduck session Steve. They are laying the ground work.

    • steve October 5, 2010 at 6:12 am

      Once they have it, they will be able to run all over us- with 6 year terms to boot.

  • FasterCat October 5, 2010 at 12:26 am

    I’d say this calls for a fillibuster.

    • steve October 5, 2010 at 6:13 am

      I like it!

  • Matt October 5, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    There are supposed to be filibusters. The Senate was designed to be the slow and deliberate House of Congress. I think it was all part of an effort to NOT legislate.

    Of course, the Dems will have none of that.

    • steve October 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

      Yep, as you said, the Senate is supposed to be slow and deliberate- the cooling off area.

      If this happens, they will be just like the House- except less accountable to we the people due to their 6 year terms.