Once again, Stantis expresses the Republican* simplicity — every issue is all or nothing.
Filibuster rules cannot be modified, only eliminated, right Stantis?
Ok, lets restore the Senate filibuster rules that were in place when that movie was made.
The filibuster is wrong. But if we must have it, then it should be the kind we saw in that movie. Make them actually go up there and speak. This tyranny of the minority crap has got to stop.
OK, Scott, let’s have that filibuster where they get up and talk until they can’t anymore then resume the business, instead of this GQP circus.
Isn’t that the same guy who’s getting booted that was in a movie titled “It’s A Wonderful Life” ? Times sure have changed. Do angels now get their wings when a iPhone rings?
I agree with President Biden that the filibuster should be kept, but in the form that existed when he first started out as a senator. Then the filibustering speaker had to remain on the Senate floor and speaking without taking a break for any reason, except to yield for a question.
The filibuster rules need to be enforced where a senator actually has to stand and talk while he/she has the floor.
we have a malformed senate . . so the filibuster I think only really has legitimacy if the minority of senators represent the majority of the nation
The Manchin legacy.
The whole idea of the sit-down filibuster is like Ford Prefect convincing the bulldozer operator to let him take Arthur Dent to the pub instead of lying in front of the bulldozer to stop it smashing down his house. It’s idiotic. How do we know those senators are really serious about the filibuster if they never have to put any effort into it?
End the filibuster now. Our Founders did why can’t we?
The House and Senate rulebooks in 1789 were nearly identical. Both rulebooks included what is known as the “previous question” motion. The House kept their motion, and today it empowers a simple majority to cut off debate. The Senate no longer has that rule on its books.
Once the rule was gone, senators still did not filibuster. Deletion of the rule made possible the filibuster because the Senate no longer had a rule that could have empowered a simple majority to cut off debate. It took several decades until the minority exploited the lax limits on debate, leading to the first real-live filibuster in 1837.
For a further history on the Senate filibuster, see:
Well…ah…I ah…James Stewart a staunch American and Republican in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” All before liberals took over Hollywood!