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Filibusters

Originally published at BunkBlog. You can comment here or there.

So, when the Democratic minority threatened a filibuster against something of importance, like the lifetime appointment of a candidate they found objectionable, that’s an unprecedented[1] abuse of procedural rules and the minority should just shut up and color, straight up-or-down vote time. When the Republican minority filibusters[2] a non-binding resolution with as much importance as declaring today National Chocolate Day, it’s perfectly reasonable, even though it ends with the sponsor of the bill voting against it? Seriously, flip flop?

[1] This word, I do not think it means what you think it means.
[2] Not threatens, actually blocks a vote.

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forsythferret
Feb. 6th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
It's only a bad thing when somebody who's not US does it, dontchaknow?

Also, random, but how did you get that tag cloud to show up on the right side in your LJ?
andysocial
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
I use the S2 Flexible Squares Style, and that's one of the options under Custom Options-Sidebar. Tag style is cloud or list. :-)
forsythferret
Feb. 9th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
Hmm, that's the style I use...

Ah, looks like it got added since the last time I updated, maybe?
forsythferret
Feb. 9th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
I may have too many tags for the tag cloud to be practical.
andysocial
Feb. 9th, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, maybe. Holy crap, you've got a lot of tags...
theonides
Feb. 6th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
It's a classic case of "do as I say and not as I do." A favourite of parents and dictators alike.
andysocial
Feb. 6th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't know how they can stand to look at the mirror. Even the ones who claim to be straightshooters (e.g., McCain) are just weasels who turn on their own stated values at the drop of a thousand dollar dinner.
theonides
Feb. 6th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
I used to get really angry at these kinds of people, but I find instead that I've begun to just pity them, because they don't have the courage and strength of character to stand up for what they really believe, that is, if they believe in anything at all. I'm not sure what's worse. I don't forgive them for this failing; it's really quite discouraging, but I shout at the TV a little less. :)
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