Crossing The Rubicon   2 comments

As I watched today’s vote in the Senate on changes to the rules concerning the filibuster, I couldn’t help but think of that phrase in the title of this post; it was doubly ironic to think of that phrase ’cause just before I turned the channel to watch the debate and vote on filibuster reform, I had been watching the HBO original film By Dawn’s Early Light and for a few minutes, I felt like the SAC general early on in the film who watches as the nuclear warheads draw closer & closer to Omaha and his destruction and I couldn’t help but wonder if Harry Reid and others in the Senate had that same feeling, as if they were watching a slow-motion train-wreck that they could not avoid…thus too was the mood in the Senate as, by a vote of 52-48, the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body voted to change the rules concerning the use of the filibuster, in particular the number of votes needed to invoke cloture and go to a final vote on judicial and executive nominees (excluding those to the High Court).

As Harry Reid put it prior to today’s vote…

“It’s time to change the Senate before the institution becomes obsolete,” Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday morning on the Senate floor ahead of the unprecedented alteration to centuries-old rules regarding the power of the minority party to contest Senate business.

“The need for change is so, so very obvious,” he said. “It’s manifest [that] we have to do something to change things.”(Real Clear Politics)

While we should applaud and celebrate the Senate’s decision today, over at Booman Tribune there are two reminders as to what today’s vote means, both now and in the future. For all intents-and-purposes, we are living in a new world, one where the majority now holds all the cards. Yes, this was a needed and necessary thing, the changes to the filibuster, but it now underscores the need for those of us who support liberal/progressive/Democratic causes to ensure now, more than ever, that Democrats’ keep the majority in the Senate ’cause God knows full well that Republicans will, now that the Rubicon has been crossed, change the rules themselves if need be..and we will have given them that weapon by today’s vote.

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Posted November 21, 2013 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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