Outrage against Dianne Feinstein as potential Judiciary chair comes out against Senate reform
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Source: Raw Story
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) received harsh criticism on Monday after coming out against Senate reform of the filibuster.
I dont believe in doing that. I think the filibuster serves a purpose, Feinstein argued.
It is not often used, its often less used now than when I first came, and I think its part of the Senate that differentiates itself, Feinstein falsely claimed.
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The filibuster does serve a purpose though. It gives the Oppressor Class tax cuts at fifty one votes, while making it take 60 to repeal them.
Democrats must change too, that means you Diane.
Feinstein is a fixture just like Schumer, McConnel, Grassley and others that HAVE TO GO!! We need PROGRESSIVES to be in charge not these wimps who are actually DINOs and suck ass to republiCONS!! Vote them out in November!!
The history of the filibuster is kind of important.
Filibuster has two meanings, the one revered to when discussing the Senate, and a second that speaks to invading areas for political purposes during the 1800s.
We don't need this bullshit anymore. It only helps the oppressor.
I don't think that running on slavery rules will get he a win in California, but you never know, I guess.
Considering that the built in advantage in the Senate is overwhelmingly Republican, then we are far more likely to be in the minority party going forward. It would be handing them the weapon to finish us off.
I would only do it if I thought there was a play to make DC and PR into states. That still won't give us balance in the Senate but would make it closer.
The filibuster started with slavery and it has continually been used as a stifling force for progression of our values.
I think she should retire.
But then, most are.
filibuster EXPEDITIONS, not the current Senate procedure that has nothing to do with slavery.
It's a distinction without a difference.
If they keep the filibuster, Bidens agenda, and Americas healing, is doomed.
It's WAY too early to start getting into a circular firing squad over shit like this, we first need to win the Senate before it's even relevant.
...because you know that Manchin will share her position, so we need to get to 51 without her.
Technology is schooling us to be nonstop reactors instead of actors.
The thing now is to get on with electing Democrats, keeping the House and taking the Senate and the White House. That's plenty to do and more than demanding enough.
She, like Grassley, has passed it. This is the 21st century after all and we should be moving into it. IMO.
until all the criminals and zealots who abused it are dead and have not been replaced by new ones.
It offered last ditch protection for a minority party. When and if it is brought back, it should be with the proviso that threatening it is simply not enough. Anyone who is desperate enough to use it needs to get up and start talking.
at this time. I'm pretty confident she could be convinced if the case is strong for reform. She may have other ideas and she can air them out with her fellow congressional colleagues.
Republicans will happily jettison principle in exchange for power, while too many of ours will always refuse power in order to stand on the most trivial of principles.
but unfortunately Republicans took that away a few years ago to ram through Neil Gorsuch.
If it could used to block votes like his or worse, the handmaiden idiot Trump wants to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg with, then I would be all for that.
It has predominently been used to block progressive legislation such as Civil Rights, though Huey Long did use it in 1930 to block legislation he felt favored the rich over the poor.
Interestingly there was once a filibuster in the House too, but that was eliminated long ago since there were too many members with more and more states in the union and it quickly became cumbersome.
Lots of people have opinions-unfortunately many of the opinions are not informed.
Democrats haven't passed one significant initiative in over 10 years not counting emergency relief funds and things of that natute, but the last time Democrats passed any significant legislation was the ACA which is now on the chopping block.
Why because republicans abused the filibuster and stacked the courts. If Democrats don't repeal the legislative filibuster if Biden wins. Here is what's going to happen. They will lose the house in 2022. They will lose the Senate in 2024 if not before. Biden will be a one term President who got no significant legislation passed and lose in a landslide. Then when there is republican President in 2024 things will be even worse then than they are now.
If you believe in core Democrat values then you do what you have to do to defend them. Senate tradition is not more important than the will of your voters.
Between 2009 and and 2016 we lost over 1000 Democratic seats around the country and also lost the power of reapportionment in many states.
When Democrats win this election cycle I am counting on us to continue building the party as we needed to after the passage of the ACA, especially since more Democrats-as least those of us willing to read history-now understand that all races matter, and that the down ballot races are just as important as the top of the ticket.
healthcare plan without getting rid of the filibuster...it must go.
be Biden replaced by a Republican for 4-8 years.
There is nothing on Biden's agenda that can get 60 votes in the Senate. Absolutely nothing. We have seen how Mitch plays. Zero Republicans will vote in favor of anything Biden is for. Then they will campaign on the "do nothing" Democrats and retake the Senate and possibly the House.
If the people give the Democrats an overwhelming mandate they have to actually use that power or the people will take it back.
maybe the senate. And we will lose the presidency in four years no matter who runs....so the filibuster must go. We are in desperate straits.
in 10 and that stopped all legislation. At that point, even if we had abolished the filibuster, it would have done no good...and when we lost the Senate in 14 we lost a judge which is huge...we would have a 5/4 majority even after Trump's shitty pick had we held the Senate. and would have had a majority through most of Trump's tenure had we held the Senate...voting is so important.
Our country and its constitution is on the chopping block. No fucking joke.
Don't help bring anti Democratic Party candidates news to the forefront.
Again, stay focused on Trump, Barr, McConnell, Putin. Please.
It will largely be up to schumer if he is the majority leader. Sure, seniority has a bearing, but it isn't an absolute.
Being a chairman is a privilege you acquire at the pleasure of leadership. Not an inheritance.
out in two years.
without removing the filibuster. Say, passing a reconciliation bill that makes Republican constituencies scream for anything to make the pain go away.
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