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Democrat Obstructionism

Sunday, 17 April 2005 12:00 AM

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is between the rock and hard place in that uncomfortable arena of actually being expected to demonstrate ‘leadership'.

Frankly, the Republican leadership has again demonstrated their consistent diffidence to get into the fight. Conversely, the Democrats appear anxious to take a peashooter with spitballs to a gunfight.

All this posturing about the so-called ‘nuclear option' is a crock. It is a red herring that has been allowed to sit in the sun way too long.

It is true that the core of the controversy is ‘abuse of process'. However, it is not the impending rule change by the GOP that is the abuse. If anything, the anticipated ‘do over' is a long-overdue correction to a former abuse of process by the very Democrats who are itching and moaning the loudest.

Once upon a time, then Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, in collusion with then Majority Whip Robert Byrd, changed the rules. They did it because the wanted to … and they could. They created a "tracking" system that was a power grab finesse. It allows the majority leader (then Mansfield, now Frist) to have more than one bill pending as unfinished business.

Before "tracking," a filibuster would stop the Senate from moving on to

Byrd calls it a "casual, gentlemanly, good-guy filibuster. ... Everybody goes home and gets a good night's sleep, and everybody protects everybody else." Jack Kemp said, "Mr. Byrd may have more accurately portrayed this pseudo-filibuster as obstructionism on the cheap." And the wimpy GOP stares at their wingtips and wrings their hands.

There are always consequences to everything we do or don't do in life. The result of this tracking system has been an explosion in the threat and use of filibusters.

Ostensibly, the Mansfield-Byrd finesse neutered the power and impact of the constitutionally designed filibuster.

(http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Filibuster_Cloture.htm)

The so-called ‘nuclear option' is a rare parliamentary procedure that would bar the filibustering of judicial nominees. It would also correct the previous Democrat-fueled abuse of power.

Frankly, all the posturing over presidential judicial nominations is mere prelude. Kinda like the hissy fit over Alberto Gonzales' nomination to be attorney general and the delaying cheap shots over Dr. Condoleezza Rice's secretary of state hearings.

Democrats have two objectives in all their naysaying.

Democrat leadership is leading their party on the path of the Whigs. I have previously noted that sycophant Democrats are still so wrapped around partisanship, they are incapable of recognizing the self-destruction they are fueling. (See https://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/2/6/164055.shtml>Democrats Going the Way of the Whigs

Meanwhile, the current conventional wisdom is that Frist will (begrudgingly) probably push for the ‘nuclear rules change' unless the Democrats have an atypical burst of reason (which would be hoping for facts just not in evidence).

Wannabe obstructionist Democrats might want to remember that not only is Tom Daschle a departed victim of judicial obstructionist posturing, but the GOP also picked up four new seats in the process.

Although the judicial filibuster may not be strictly unconstitutional, Kemp accurately noted that it "is bad public policy, it turned out to be bad politics for Democrats as well."

Frederick Douglass also said, "The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." The endurance of the routinely gutless Republicans is less than it was, and Democrats who continue to stonewall do so at their own peril.

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