The United States Senate Is about to Get a Whole Lot More Respectable

Why? Because Harry Reid--the worst Senate majority leader in history--is retiring. I imagine that there are people who will miss him, but they shouldn't; Reid's corruptionĀ (I've only cited a couple of cases here) and the incredibly nasty way he behaved towards political opponents--including the adoption of McCarthyite tactics--brought shame and disrepute upon the United States …

Sometimes, Consistency Is No Hobgoblin at All

When Senate Democrats abolished the filibuster for nominations to federal district courts and courts of appeal, they made sure to preserve it for Supreme Court nominations. Apparently, while Senate Democrats were outraged that President Obama's nominations to lower courts were getting filibustered, they still feared the possibility that a Republican might become president and might …

So, Mitch McConnell Won His Primary

Not that this news should surprise anyone at all: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) easily defeated his primary challenger, businessman Matt Bevin, in a sour loss for the Tea Party on Tuesday night. The Associated Press called the race for McConnell right as polls closed at 7 p.m. in the Bluegrass State, where the Senate minority …

A License to Be Irresponsible

I am generally in favor of the Ryan-Murray budget deal. I think that it is probably the best deal that can be negotiated by Republicans under the circumstances; congressional Republicans only control the House and have to deal with a Democrat-controlled Senate and White House, so they are not going to get everything they want. …

Some Facts Regarding the Nuclear Option

As mentioned earlier today, the filibuster became a primary tool against executive branch nominees back when George W. Bush was president. It was during the Bush administration that the threat of the nuclear option first reared its head. Back then, Democrats like Charles Schumer claimed that Republicans were having "a temper tantrum" by threatening the …

Then and Now

Back when George W. Bush was in the White House, Democrats made a sport of filibustering the president's judicial nominees, especially appellate court judges. Any discussion of the implementation of "the nuclear option," whereby filibusters of nominees would be forbidden, was met with cries of "unconstitutional!" and "this will infringe on the rights of the …