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SanchoPanza Donating Member (410 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-11-10 06:04 PM
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22. Using a traditional filibuster is at the discretion of the minority.
The cloture rules were changed in 1974, and this was part of the package. The majority cannot mandate that the minority stand up and do anything, only the minority can. All the minority has to do, technically, is have one of its members monitor the Senate floor and note the absence of a quorum whenever the majority tries to push a vote. Turn on CSPAN2. If you see a shot of the Senate chamber with classical music playing in the background and nothing apparently going on, that's what a modern filibuster looks like. The minority can speak for hours on end (and so can the majority), certainly, but that's at their discretion.

So in 2003, when Reid was standing on the Senate floor for 9 hours and read from a book he wrote about his hometown of Searchlight, it wasn't because Bill Frist made him do it.
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  -Reid nixes filibuster reform effort jefferson_dem  Feb-11-10 04:36 PM   #0 
  - Filibuster is okay,  Blue_In_AK   Feb-11-10 04:39 PM   #1 
  - Yeah, what you said!  cilla4progress   Feb-11-10 04:42 PM   #3 
  - Mike Gravel made that point  Blue_In_AK   Feb-11-10 04:51 PM   #7 
     - Gravel's a loose cannon but I agree with him on that idea  Armstead   Feb-11-10 04:58 PM   #12 
  - No it isn't.  earthside   Feb-11-10 04:53 PM   #9 
  - You missed my point.  Blue_In_AK   Feb-11-10 05:01 PM   #14 
     - But under the interpretation Reid supports ...  earthside   Feb-11-10 05:44 PM   #21 
  - Using a traditional filibuster is at the discretion of the minority.  SanchoPanza   Feb-11-10 06:04 PM   #22 
  - No it's not  DrToast   Feb-11-10 06:23 PM   #25 
  - Enjoy your retirement Harry.  Dr.Phool   Feb-11-10 04:42 PM   #2 
  - K & R Fake (procedural) filibusters can be ended under current Senate rules.  Better Believe It   Feb-11-10 04:43 PM   #4 
  - The pubs were going to do it..... until the dems said they would not use it....  wroberts189   Feb-11-10 04:46 PM   #5 
  - Harry seems happy with the status-quo. nt  rhett o rick   Feb-11-10 04:47 PM   #6 
  - Take the rule to the Supreme Court and see what it says...  Ozymanithrax   Feb-11-10 04:53 PM   #8 
  - Can't be done.  earthside   Feb-11-10 04:57 PM   #11 
     - That is an interesting fact....  Ozymanithrax   Feb-11-10 05:05 PM   #16 
  - I would like to hear Harkin and Shaheen's plan for getting the 7 add'l GOP votes to pass this thing.  quiet.american   Feb-11-10 04:54 PM   #10 
  - Let me get this straight.....We don't use the filibuster when we're in the minority, but...  Armstead   Feb-11-10 05:01 PM   #13 
  - Joe Biden, acting as President of the Senate, can rule that 51 Senate votes can end filibusters  Better Believe It   Feb-11-10 05:02 PM   #15 
  - Exactly. Which means Harry Reid is both corrupt and spineless.  Jennicut   Feb-12-10 08:41 AM   #33 
  - Not a chance.  bvar22   Feb-11-10 05:06 PM   #17 
  - Bingo! n/t  QC   Feb-11-10 05:08 PM   #18 
  - Senator Reid forced Republicans to engage in a traditional filibuster in 2007!  Better Believe It   Feb-11-10 05:09 PM   #19 
  - Lots of good info in this thread.  iceman66   Feb-11-10 05:37 PM   #20 
  - Fine. We can wait ten months for his idiot ass to get thrown out of office and do it THEN.  Kitsune   Feb-11-10 06:05 PM   #23 
  - Someone bonk him on the head...hard. nt  BootinUp   Feb-11-10 06:23 PM   #24 
  - President Obama and his chief bonker, Rahm "Sharp Elbows" Emanual could do it, but they won't.  Better Believe It   Feb-11-10 09:39 PM   #28 
  - Which is why the vote won't happen until January...  Clio the Leo   Feb-11-10 09:32 PM   #26 
  - But will there be 51 Democrats in the Senate in January?  Better Believe It   Feb-11-10 09:36 PM   #27 
     - Yeah .... we have too much time to catch up.  Clio the Leo   Feb-11-10 09:46 PM   #30 
  - Senator Reid is incorrect  grantcart   Feb-11-10 09:43 PM   #29 
  - They had better fucking fix this in the next Congress...  krispos42   Feb-12-10 02:03 AM   #31 
  - Enforce a REAL filibuster not the threat of one!  JCMach1   Feb-12-10 04:28 AM   #32 
  - And in other news: Nelson joins Republicans to filibuster Obama NLRB nominee  depakid   Feb-12-10 09:31 AM   #34 

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