Supremely Qualified

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced today that he is retiring, as of the end of this term. At that time he will be 90 years old, having served on the Court for the last 35 years. Sad to say, he has long out-served his relevance on the Court. When Stevens was nominated by … Continue reading

Same Thing

I know that democrats are for gay rights, but I didn’t know that it extended all the way to homophones. A couple of emails came in explaining that what I heard on the News wasn’t ‘demon pass’, but rather ‘deem and pass’ (also known as the ‘Self-executing Rule’ or the ‘Slaughter Rule’). Well, they can … Continue reading

Has It Come to This?

I was watching the news today, and I heard that the democrats are planning to pass Obamacare with something called ‘demon pass’. That’s just typical. First the democrats can’t get a supermajority in the Senate (except when for that cloture vote). Then the want to pass it with something ironically named ‘reconciliation’, and now ‘demon … Continue reading

Reconciliation and the Nuclear Option

There’s been a lot of accusing the democrats of threatening the ‘nuclear option‘ by trying to pass Obamacare through reconciliation. I’m going to go against my nature and defend the democrats on this one. They aren’t. A little history… Back when President George W. Bush was trying to get some federal judges approved by the … Continue reading

Cloture as a Natural Process

There was some whingeing and hand-wringing about my recent post on the filibuster and cloture. There seems to be a belief that just because the filibuster was rare in the past and is common now, that this is an unnatural situation. Nonsense. Exponential functions always start out small and grow exponentially. By definition. Didn’t you … Continue reading

The Immoral Cloture

I got an email about my post on the filibuster, asking: “You’re counting cloture votes, not filibusters. Why is that? Cloture motions are requests to stop filibusters, and as such are good. They help the Senate do business. Shouldn’t you be counting and condemning filibusters themselves?” Well, there is a difference between cloture motions and … Continue reading

Cloture

There’s been a lot of whining from the left lately about Republicans using the filibuster. Well, with such a minority, how else can Republicans stop the democrats from instituting their socialist policies? Besides, it’s part of a natural increase in the use of the filibuster, and as such nothing can be done. For those lucky … Continue reading