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The Senate Just Got Nuked

November 21, 2013

There is an apocryphal story from a conversation once had between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in which GW referred to the Senate as a body whose purpose was to cool House legislation as a saucer is used to cool tea.  The Senate was a slow, deliberative body to counteract the tempestuous House.  From 1789 [...]

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Cruz Control*

September 25, 2013

Twenty-one hours of Ted Cruz yesterday on the Senate floor pounding Obamacare was great!  Whether or not anything good was going to come from the gesture the point was made, those who listened got a civics lesson, and those who believe in limited government appreciated a DC Republican sounding different than a Democrat for a [...]

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House GOP to Push Obamacare Defund Vote

September 18, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner finally bent to the pressure within his caucus to push for a vote to defund Obamacare, threatening a showdown with Senate Democrats and the President which could result in a government shutdown October 1.  While I’d love a full repeal, I’ll take the GOP short-term proposal which doesn’t repeal Obamacare (yet), [...]

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Bill Kristol Doesn’t Stand With Rand

March 11, 2013

Days after McCain called Rand Paul part of the “wacko birds” on Capitol Hill, Bill Kristol from the Weekly Standard chimed in to add his voice to the anti-Paul chorus.  In his condescending piece Kristol cites the opinion of, among others, Newsweek‘s David Frum (one of the left’s favorite RINOs) in his assault on Paul.  [...]

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Rift on Paul Filibuster Mirrors Rift in GOP

March 7, 2013

After 13 hours of free airtime tearing apart the Administration’s vagueness on drone strikes within the US by Republican Senator Rand Paul, John McCain and Lindsey Graham shrugged off the whole endeavor as “ridiculous” this morning.  Paul was actually railing on the time it took the Administration to answer such a simple question, considering its [...]

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The Senate Keeps Its Sanity — Filibuster Reform Is Dead

January 28, 2011

I know, I know.  The Senate is anything but sane, and most Senators are the antithesis of sane.  But at the same time, one has to acknowledge that the Senate, as an institution, has been instrumental in keeping America from becoming like Socialist Europe.  Why, do you ask?  Because of the Senate concepts of cloture [...]

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Axis of Right Radio, Show #10, January 10, 2011

January 10, 2011

Episode #10 of Axis of Right Radio is now available. In this episode, Mike, Ryan, and Sal discuss the impact of the 112th Congress.  The GOP takes over Congress.  Nancy Pelosi gives up her speakership.  The Democrats attempt to undo the Filibuster.  Obama shakes up his staff. Axis of Right Radio is available on iTunes, [...]

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The Democrats are Attempting to Violate Senate Rules

January 5, 2011

Yesterday, I wrote on how the Democrats were going to attempt to water down the filibuster by modifying the Senate rules with a simple majority vote, which could only be done on the first day of Congress.  Brian Darling of the Heritage foundation cites Senate history and rules to refute this claim.  The crux of [...]

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Democrats to Attempt Filibuster Power Grab

January 4, 2011

The Senate has always been a different sort of legislative body than the House.  From its earliest days, the Senate has been a far more deliberative body, and tradition gives the minority significant power.  Now, because of Democrat unhappiness with the GOP’s use of the filibuster in the 111th Congress, that tradition may be tossed [...]

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Omnibus Disaster Looms

December 14, 2010

Just when you thought the 2010 Election made your wallet a little more safe, there’s a new 1924-page spending bill lurking in the lame duck Congress, ready to pounce upon the Senate.  Why the rush?  Well, this Saturday the federal government will shutdown if not funded through the end of the fiscal year (part of [...]

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Robert Byrd, 1917-2010

June 28, 2010

Senator Robert Byrd (Democrat, West Virginia) died today at the age of 92.  He was the longest-serving Senator in the history of our republic, having started his career in the House of Representatives in 1952, followed by his election to the Senate in 1958.  He’d been there ever since.  President Obama said today that Byrd [...]

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Why the Filibuster is Important

February 25, 2010

There has been a lot of talk lately on ending the filibuster.  Democrats have proposed ending the 60-vote cloture threshold as well as the idea of pushing sweeping controversial legislation through via reconciliation.  The filibuster is an important institution in our nation and needs to be preserved.  But don’t take my word for it, take [...]

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Senate Blocks Nomination of SEIU Thug Craig Becker

February 9, 2010

What a difference having a Republican in Ted Kennedy’s seat makes.  Earlier today the Senate blocked Barack Obama’s nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.  Despite mainstream media headlines to the contrary, Republicans were not alone on this one.  The good news of defeating an SEIU thug cannot be overstated, but I’m [...]

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Senator Al Franken

July 1, 2009

Yes, Al Franken has been (ahem) elected a United States Senator from the state of Minnesota — Jesse Ventura and Walter Mondale-Land now has a new embarrassment! I feel bad for Norm Coleman.  He did the noble thing by conceding promptly after Minnesota’s Supreme Court handed the election to Franken after a long and arduous legal [...]

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Boehner on the Cap-and-Trade Bill

June 28, 2009

Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner was quoted as saying this about the energy bill which just passed the House Friday: “Hey, people deserve to know what’s in this pile of sh-t.”  I could not agree with him more.  The House passed possibly the most economically destructive bill in a century on Friday 219-212, with 44 Dems jumping [...]

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One Less Pale Pastel

April 28, 2009

Pennsylvania Senator “Benedict” Arlen Specter finally jumped ship and embraced his inner wuss — he’s become a Democrat.  On March 17th in an interview with The Hill, he said this about staying a Republican: So why the jump?  Principle or politics?  Hmm…  We all know the answer to that. Check out this poll taken Friday which [...]

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Filibustering Appointees is Wrong, No Matter Which Party You Belong To

April 1, 2009

Republicans are sending signals that they may attempt to filibuster two Obama appointments, one for a court of appeals and one for a position in the Department of Justice.  Some make the case that the Democrats introduced the filibuster procedure into appointment cases, and that Republicans should respond in-kind.  I disagree with that sentiment and [...]

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Republicans Stand Strong on Auto Bailout Filibuster

December 10, 2008

It looks like we’re on the verge of seeing the first sortie of the 2010 Election over the issue of bailing out the Big Three automakers, Chrysler, GM and Ford.  The never-ending call from private industry for bailouts are starting to irk the general public. Thusly, a few brave Republicans in Congress are actually both making sense and speaking [...]

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The Coming Liberal Storm

November 6, 2008

We’re in it pretty deep.  Listening to Rush today, he read from an article written by Quin Hillyer for the American Spectator about the trouble we’re in for 2010 and 2012; it’s very enlightening and scary at the same time, and worth repeating as well.  Hillyer argues that since unabashed Libs now control so many levels [...]

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This one’s out of left field

November 5, 2005

According to the Providence Journal, Senator Chafee has warned of “enormous” consequences from any Democratic effort to kill the Alito appointment by stalling. Where did THAT Come from?

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