Obama: Thin-skinned

President Obama went to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans. He was apparently trying to drum up support for his policies, and wasn’t very successful. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) said: “He needs to take a Valium before he comes in and talks to Republicans. He’s pretty thin-skinned.” Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) … Continue reading

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

Irreconcilable Differences

The Senate democrats are trying to get the reconciliation bill passed, exactly as-is. The Senate Republicans are trying to stop this, by trying to change the reconciliation package in some way. In any way. One word would be enough. You see, if the Senate reconciliation package is different in any way from HR4872 then it … Continue reading


I am reminded of a scene in The Princess Bride. Inigo Montoya has failed to kill the Dread Pirate Roberts on the cliff top, and he is not taking it well. He sits outside of a hut, drunk and nursing a bottle. He says: “I am waiting for you, Vizzini. You told me to go … 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


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