Biden's Filibuster Ultimatum


Category:  Op/Ed

Via:  vic-eldred  •  2 months ago  •  16 comments

By:   The Editorial Board (WSJ)

Biden's Filibuster Ultimatum
Democrats want the GOP to surrender on policy—or else.

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T

It isn't getting much attention, but Democrats have made clear in the last week that they are offering Republicans an ultimatum on the Senate's legislative filibuster: Give them what they want on policy, or they'll blow up the 60-vote rule and claim Republicans made them do it.

President Biden tiptoed around that threat at his Thursday press conference as he endorsed a "talking filibuster," which is a minor change, but anyone listening heard it. "We're going to get a lot done," he said. "And if we have to—if there's complete lockdown and chaos as a consequence of the filibuster, then we'll have to go beyond what I'm talking about."

Mr. Biden seems to be equating GOP opposition to Democratic legislation with "complete lockdown and chaos," as if those are words have ever been used to describe the staid Senate. But note the implicit warning. If Republicans don't go along with his priorities, then breaking the filibuster will be justified.

Senate Democrats also laid out that strategy through an op-ed by Maine Sen. Angus King this week in the Washington Post.

"As we enter this new Congress with a new president and a new Senate majority (barely), the question for me is how [Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues will play their hand; if they are willing to work to find compromise and consensus on important initiatives (infrastructure, voting rights or immigration reform, for example), the importance of getting rid of the filibuster diminishes," Mr. King wrote. "If, on the other hand, they just say no, the necessity—and likelihood—of filibuster reform would only increase. That is to say, in large measure the outcome is in their hands."

Got that? If Democrats break the filibuster, Republicans will be responsible. As political offers go, this is like Paulie Walnuts demanding payment from shop owners or he’ll burn the business down. Imagine if Mr. McConnell had tried that one when Republicans ran the entire government in 2017 and 2018.

House and Senate Democrats have their narrowest majorities in decades, but they are also the most bloody-minded and they are bringing Mr. Biden along for the ride. Republicans shouldn’t bow to this political extortion.


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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    2 months ago

I doubt anyone other that a progressive voted for one-party rule.

The midterms are 20 months away. Can the nation survive with the filibuster preserved until then?

Trump and his supporters are off topic

I am off topic

PhD Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    2 months ago

yielding to the sheet wearing obstructionists in the senate is like letting a prairie dog stop traffic on the interstate. downshift and punch it. let those right wing relics stand at the podium yapping old school senate like until they fucking drop or surrender to the will of the people, instead of being an expensive waste of flesh living on the taxpayer dime. bring back bloody island and the senate turkey shoot too.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
1.1.8  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  devangelical @1.1    2 months ago

Thread removed for off topic. 

Greg Jones
Masters Guide
2  Greg Jones    2 months ago

Hopefully a few rational Democrats in both Houses who will be up for reelection will refuse to go along with this insanity. The short term hollow victories won't be worth the permanent damage the Dems will inflict upon themselves

Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Greg Jones @2    2 months ago

They are trying to turn those democrats already.

Professor Expert
3  Tacos!    2 months ago

“Unity” in this year means “shut up and do 100% of everything we want.”

Professor Principal
3.1  Tessylo  replied to  Tacos! @3    2 months ago

No, that ended on 1/20/21

PhD Principal
3.2  devangelical  replied to  Tacos! @3    2 months ago

sucks being on that end of the shit stick after 4 years of being on the opposite end, don't it? get used to it.

Freshman Principal
4  Hallux    2 months ago

"Republicans shouldn’t bow to this political extortion."

Oh I don't know about that, the visual would extort massive farts of derisive laughter and God knows the US could use some.


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