Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Paper Tiger

A few months ago I railed at the the Senate's toothless attempt at filibuster reform, which really did nothing more than preserve the same broken status quo that we've been dealing with for several years now. While Harry Reid as given assurances by Mitch McConnell that yes, his people had changed, and they'd only deploy the filibuster in extreme circumstances, that all turned out to be so much Charlie Brown v. Football.

And so, after an unabated string of 'busters in the new session has threatened to gum things up even more than usual, Reid is now threatening to deploy the so-called "nuclear option" -- a rules change mid-session -- to dispatch the filibuster once-and-for-all. Do I think anything of the kind will actually happen? Nah. Don't make threats you don't intend to follow through on, Harry. And we all know this is one threat you don't intend to follow through on.

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