Monday, May 23, 2005

Liars and cheaters

Eliyahu points us to a Times article where the president is caught repeating Karl Rove's filibuster talking points:

''People ought to have a fair hearing and they ought to get an up-or-down vote on the floor,'' Geroge Bush said at a White House news conference.

Um, says who? The Constitution says the the Senate "may determine the Rules of its Proceedings," and those rules have recognized the filibuster since 1806. Republicans, we must note, have never been unhappy to use the filibuster. In 2000 alone Republican senators filibustered two of his nominees.

Rules in the senate are changed by a two-thirds (67) vote. If the Republicans could muster 67 votes, I wouldn't object to a rule change. No one would. Unfortunately, the Republicans (surprise!) plan to cheat, as explained here.