Henry Payne by Henry Payne

Henry Payne

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    They are NOT BANNED! They just restored limits that used to exist on the process.

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    I’m afraid you are wrong. They are banned for confirmation hearings (except for the Supreme Court), and this is new.


    The Senate filibuster was unlimited before 1917. There was no cloture, but Senators used it rarely and responsibly. From ‘17 until ’60, filibusters were rare and cloture was even rarer, since it was considered a breech of Senate courtesy to invoke cloture even when the majority had the requisite 2/3 of the votes. Then came the desperate efforts by Southern Democrats to preserve essential liberties, like the freedom to own slaves (or at least to treat African Americans about the same as before the War of Northern Aggression), and the Yankee Senators tried to impose cloture, and eventually succeeded with help from the Southern Democrat LBJ, who twisted arms (he had PRISM on 3×5 cards, and could convince a Southern Senator to cast a vote that ensured his defeat in the next election).


    But never, before the ’10 elections and the ’11 Congress, was the filibuster used so frequently, to the point where the Democrats decided to eliminate it as a tool to impede confirmation of Presidential appointments (except for the Supreme Court). Filibustering to prevent confirmations was rarely, if ever, done before the ’10 elections, but has been frequently used since the ’12 elections.


    Some would say the Republicans’ irresponsible use of the filibuster was a cunning plan to make it more difficult for the Democrats to stop them when they get back into office, and remember, they have those unbiased polls that correctly predicted Romney’s landslide in ’12.

  3. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    “A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it,” said Bush

  4. r2varney

    r2varney said, about 1 year ago

    The Republicans abused the privilege.. and like the children they showed themselves to be had the privilege revoked. Was there any choice?

  5. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 1 year ago

    @Gore Bane

    Only 1 year away!
    Democrats have proven themselves as worthless to the American people.
    Even co-workers of mine who were some of the biggest Obama supporters, are now sick and tired of him and his policies.
    I went from the minority in the office against Barry to now the majority opinion.
    Now that’s change we can Believe In!

  6. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 1 year ago

    So is Payne voting for minority rule? Hello? Don’t we send senators to Washington to vote? Isn’t a democracy about voting? Hello? Isn’t the purpose of voting to determine what the majority of voters determine is the best way forward? Isn’t that what elections are about? Hello?

  7. denis1112

    denis1112 said, about 1 year ago

    @dtroutma

    Harry Reid has the honor of holding 10th place in the list of longest filibusters. It was over unfilled judicial appointments in 2003.He was blocking appointments by President Bush. Funny how its OK if the Democrats do it too Republicans but they pitch a fit if the shoe is on the democrat foot.
    Two faced

  8. wbr

    wbr said, about 1 year ago

    bho used the irs to try to do number 3

  9. r2varney

    r2varney said, about 1 year ago

    @antiquetracman

    @r2varney….the liberals cried the same thing when the Republicans were in charge and they will cry it again. Geesh, the stupidity of some people!
    And with the same intensity?? Or irrationality?? Geesh the selective memory of some people.

  10. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    MIchael, as “semi-correction”? The filibuster still stands regarding LEGISLATION. While Bork is the “poster boy” for Republicans protesting the filibuster, he doesn’t come close to matching the over 400 times the “process” has been used to block Obama’s legitimate authorities.

  11. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 1 year ago

    @SkepticCal

    You say “Barack Obama has made a step toward mob rule.” How so? Because the Senate made a change to its rules? Explain to me how that qualifies as mob rule? Where was the mob?

  12. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 1 year ago

    @SkepticCal

    I agree that (some) minorities should be protected. But I don’t see that minority rule is an improvement over majority rule.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    ^Right, Rush’s underwriters at ’Liberty University"??

  14. Kaffekup

    Kaffekup said, about 1 year ago

    Jeez, what a bunch of ignorant crap. Is Obama the head of the Senate?
    When the Democrats filibustered TEN lousy bush nominees, the republicans threatened to do away with the filibuster. The Dems caved. There is no doubt that if your party were ever to gain the Senate again (and never will), they would completely end the filibuster instantly. And you know that.

  15. Gresch

    Gresch said, about 1 year ago

    If you think about it … the Senate is a form of government that protects the interests of the less populated states… Irony… I say Irony

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