Democrats Did Kill the Filibuster
Wall Street Journal: It lives in theory but is dead in reality
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
Harry Reid speaks to the media on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – So Harry Reid didn't exercise the "nuclear option" and thus kept intact Republicans' ability to filibuster presidential appointees, right? Wrong, declare the editors at the Wall Street Journal. Consider the filibuster dead in those situations—because what's to stop Democrats from making the same threat to kill the filibuster next time around? Even though the legislative maneuver technically lives, Harry Reid has "established a de facto majority-vote rule." Republicans should acknowledge as much, "even if it means admitting defeat in this round," says the editorial, suggesting that Reid's actions might come back to haunt him.

GOP senators "should state clearly for the record that the next time there is a GOP president and a Democratic Senate minority wants to block an appointment with a filibuster, fuhgedaboutit. Majority rule will prevail." (At the New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg also notes that Democrats made no promises about leaving the filibuster alone in the future. But his take is an admiring one: He praises Reid for engineering a "rout.")

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United
Jul 18, 2013 11:02 AM CDT
O K if you don't like Obama, but it is bringing America down because of Obama bashing no Job bills or any bills that could help get America going again are being passed! This isn't right for Congress and Senate to stall bills because his name will be on them! What kind of action is that for Americans that believe in this country! that fight wars together and stand up for America but have to partys devided one support the wealthy and the other working class it will never fly this will bring ARemember Independance merica down you watch and see! People are getting fed up with this going on in Washington! Remember Independence the we fought the English for were you were a peasant or a Lord it seems some in Washington want to revert back to that again!
sobe
Jul 18, 2013 9:31 AM CDT
First of all, it is apples and oranges. Democrats would have to block nominees for more than two years and block all judicial appointees as well to more than four years before the GOP would be in the same position to change the rules. Never in the history of the Senate have so many nominees been blocked and for so long. The same thing would have to happen to the other party before it is justified to bypass the filibuster. And democrats would never do that.
crankydude
Jul 18, 2013 1:37 AM CDT
Politics. Ya gotta sleep to keep from puking. zzzzz zzzzzz zzzzzzz zz