Sunday, May 22, 2005

McCain on the Filibuster

When I lived in AZ I liked the guy. Didn't always agree with him. But you've got to give him some credit for being a stand up kind of politician. From an interview on Faux News via dKos:
Look, we're talking about changing the rules of the Senate with 51 votes, which has never happened in the history of the United States Senate. The Democrats have tried to change the rules when they were in the majority. They tried to get a two-thirds vote.

If you have 51 votes, changing the rules of the Senate, nominations of the president is next, and then legislation follows that. And we will now become an institution exactly like the House of Representatives. That's not what our founding fathers envisioned when they created a bicameral legislature.
That's what I can't stand about Republicans today. If they don't like something, they change the rules of the game, in mid-game, to any rules that suit them, then they smile and lie through their teeth about their "moral" reasons for doing so. Hypocrites. As McCain admits, changing the rules of the Senate with less than 60 votes has never happened. Democrats played by the rules and tried to change the rules legally by following the rules of the Senate. What Frist is trying to do is unprecedented, underhanded, cheap, and changes the rules of the game just as if he paid the referee at a boxing match to only count to six instead of ten when a boxer was on the canvass. Republicans should be ashamed.