There is a lot of talk about the “nuclear option” concerning the Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court. There are a lot of facets to this whole mess. Among them is the left being (again) total hypocrites on the matter… The karma in all of this brought on by the likes of Harry Reed… Forcing the nuclear option being about the dumbest thing the Dems could do… Questioning if the GOP has the cojones to push that button…
But… I’d like to blog on the idea of the filibuster itself. To the point, I like the filibuster… or at least the classic idea of the filibuster. The classic obstructionist (not always a bad word) tactic of a lone Senator (or at least a minority of them) opposing the bad legislation (or nominees) of the majority. Toeing the line by refusing to close debate on the issue (or nominee). Debate, being the key word. Picture the classic scene in “Mr Smith Goes to Washington” with Jimmy Stewart speaking on the Senate floor until he collapses from exhaustion.
The problem is… that’s not the filibuster anymore. The filibuster was neutered (I think back in the 70s) so that there’s not skin in the game, no pain to the process. Now all you have to do is say the magic word (filibuster) and everything stops and everybody scuttles off to their nice cozy lives. If you really think about it, the neutering of the filibuster (so that there is actually no physical pain, or exhaustion, or even inconvenience) is a good metaphor for the neutering of our society in general.
I don’t know why I’m mentioning this. There’s no way the honorable, classic filibuster will ever see the light of day again. So… instead… I think it best that we put the poor decrepit (neutered) filibuster out of its misery. Just end it already.
The Republicans should not only call the Dem’s bluff… but call it in spades. They should not wait for the Dems to filibuster Gorsuch… but rather push the button right NOW. Change the rules of the Senate before the vote; ending the filibuster once and for all. Not only that, end it for everything; not just for judges, and cabinet position, but for legislation, for EVERYTHING. Fifty-one votes… done…
Once the filibuster is no more, the GOP should move forward with making hay while they can; meaning moving their legislative agenda forward while they have the majority. Obama and the Dems sure as $#@% showed no hesitation in doing this when they held the House, Senate, and Oval Office. Unlike Obama, I would encourage the GOP to constantly offer an olive branch (compromise) to ANY on the other side of the aisle (legitimately) willing to deal in good faith. Failing that (the likely outcome in today’s environment) quickly move on, shaking the dust from your feet (paraphrased by someone famous in Matthew 10:14).
And finally, I would advise the GOP to learn the lesson that Harry Reid and the left never saw coming. The shoe will eventually be on the other foot… and likely sooner than you think. (Thus the hay making now and as fast as you can.)