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Steve Benson

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  1. soupinnh

    soupinnh said, over 2 years ago

    So now the Senate can get on with the business of government..

  2. Enoki

    Enoki said, over 2 years ago

    Rendering the purpose of the Senate irrelevant…

  3. midaswelby

    midaswelby said, over 2 years ago

    It wasn’t just “the Repubs’” filibuster. It was the minority’s filibuster, designed to insure that the majority would take minority opinion into account. The Democrats will likely feel quite different about this when they are the minority.

  4. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago


    “So now the Senate can get on with the business of government..”

    It also means that a simple (and minimal) majority can dictate to the minority without considering the needs of the minority. This was a problem brought forth during the writing of the Constitution by the author of Federalist No. 51 in 1788 when the author stated “If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure."

  5. moderateisntleft

    moderateisntleft said, over 2 years ago


    except in this case it wasn’t an opinion they wanted to express, they just wanted to be obstructionists

  6. Tim Culberson

    Tim Culberson said, over 2 years ago

    thanks goodness the House can stop most things

  7. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    All I hear is Republican whining.

  8. lbalch

    lbalch said, over 2 years ago


    That was said to discourage political parties from forming. Even as they were forming the founders knew they were a bad idea.

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Hmmm, “democracy” where majority rules, with concern for the minorities rights, but not minority RULE. How upsetting to “conservatives” devoted to the Constitution, right.

  10. spyderred

    spyderred said, over 2 years ago

    dtroutma, right on as usual. You must use knowledge instead of belief.

  11. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 2 years ago


    The problem we have, trout, is that we have a republican form of government with two principle political parties, not a democracy. Now, the senate that has decided that it will dictate to the minority without concern of the minority needs. As much as I dislike the filibuster, it does force the majority to listen to the minority. With only a simple majority needed, the majority no longer has to listen to the minority. The Senate Majority Leader can present a bill to the Senate, take a vote to end debate, and have the majority pass the bill. Not a good situation for the public when the Senate can pass legislation in the heat of the moment or to repay political favors.

  12. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    ^You mean like prohibiting Medicare from negotiating drug prices, or blackmailing the opposition into passing the “Patriot Act” in a hate-filled political environment based on bulll??

  13. cdward

    cdward said, over 2 years ago


    Hardly. Look and see if you can find it anywhere in the consititution. In fact, it was not used early in the Senate’s history. Furthermore, it still exists – just not for non-Supreme Court presidential appointments. Also, the nuclear option (or as Republicans called it at the time, the Constitutional Option) was the brainchild of Republicans back when the Democrats had a majority. If Republicans had not abused the filibuster, using it with more in a couple of years than in the entire history of the US, solely to hamstring the president, then this would not have happened. Republicans have brought this on themselves – and since Democrats never used the filibuster the way the GOP has in recent years, there’s little danger of it coming back to bite them.

  14. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 2 years ago

    Wouldn’t have had to do it if the Repubs weren’t being unreasonable. Now they don’t have to be. Hehe.

  15. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I think the point of the cartoon — evidently lost on most of the commenters here — is the ludicrous exaggeration of the term “nuclear option” compared to what a real nuclear attack would be.
    Lost in the media frenzy over the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination on Nov. 22 was any remembrance of the 30th anniversary of the nation-wide horrified fascination over the ABC-TV movie The Day After, originally aired on 1983 Nov. 20 and seen by over 100,000,000 people — possibly the last time we were that united as a nation until 9/11. It left many people appalled and shaken. It was shortly thereafter that President Reagan began his ultimately futile attempt to get both the US and SU to renounce and dismantle all their nuclear weapons.
    The recent footnote to the Jefferson Manual is a 4th of July firecracker compared to truly “going nuclear”.

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