"No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine." - - - William Blum

April 25, 2005

Use it or lose it

LiberalOasis makes a good point about the latest compromise suggested by some Democratic Senators (approving some of the judicial nominees in return for keeping the filibuster, hence preventing the implementation of the Republicans' "nuclear option"):

But, is the real deep conviction just about having the filibuster, so you can say you have it?

If you suddenly let radical right nominees go through, in order to “save” the filibuster, you have signaled that you are happy to junk principle in order to protect your own personal procedural powers.

We are standing with Democrats to save the filibuster so it can be used on behalf of the public interest.

If you’re not going to use it here, to block the craziest of the crazy, what’s the point in having it?

Indeed! What's the point?!

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