This Is Supposed to Be Filibuster Reform?!
Ezra Klein sits down with Harry Reid, and isn't impressed by his answers
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 24, 2013 1:49 PM CST
Harry Reid arrives on Capitol Hill Jan. 21 for President Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony.   (AP Photo/Jonathan Ernst, Pool)

(Newser) – Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have struck a deal on filibuster reform. "The deal is this: the filibuster will not be reformed," quips Ezra Klein in the Washington Post. Reid's deal doesn't do away with the 60-vote threshold to pass bills, nor does it go particularly far in making it easier to start debating them. Instead of needing 60 votes to begin debate, bills will now need approval from McConnell and seven Republicans. "Right now, you have to negotiate with McConnell to get on a bill. Tomorrow, if this passes, you still need to negotiate with McConnell," one aghast aide says. "It changes nothing."

Klein sat down with Reid, who said he wasn't "personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold," because "the Senate isn't and shouldn't be like the House." But he seemed genuinely annoyed at Republican delaying tactics, and said he'd used the threat of changing the rules to scare McConnell into making a deal. "The only way we'll get rid of the filibuster is if it continues to be abused," he says. Klein's take: "The filibuster is safe … and filibuster reformers have lost once again." For more on the deal, click here or here.

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04052063
Jan 25, 2013 7:00 AM CST
Party of NO lives up to its name.
cornelison
Jan 24, 2013 7:48 PM CST
Harry Reid, you're a piece of garbage. Don't expect dinner invitations from The White House. You just told The President to get lost & that you oppose everything in The President's agenda. Hey, you Democrats, are you afraid of the NRA or any of your other rich donors? Only 9 of you wanted reform. The rest of you who are up for election in the mid-terms better empty your offices for the next Democrat who will replace you. You just became expendable.
cornelison
Jan 24, 2013 6:25 PM CST
As it stands, The Senate is controlled by rural America - very white. The Democrats who won't reform should be replaced when their terms are finished. Republicans want the rural areas to dictate the electoral college. When Rand Paul says that Obama wants to be king it's laughable. Land over people worked really well over 100 years ago in England. Guess who owned all the land? Hint - not the serfs.