Posted by Curt on 16 December, 2021 at 1:09 pm. 3 comments already!


by Ace

Yesterday’s news that Democrats were pressuring Manchin to allow them to suspend the filibuster rules just for one vote — a vote that would trump all other votes; one ring to rule all the other rings and in the darkness to bind them — made me wonder if Sinema were already on board and that Manchin was the only obstacle remaining.
But no. As Yoda said: “There is another.”
At Politico, The Garbage DC Site By Garbage DC People For Garbage DC People (TM):

Kyrsten Sinema supports the elections reform bill that Democrats are considering a year-end push to pass. She doesn’t support a shortcut around the filibuster to get it done.The Arizona moderate is making clear that she intends to keep protecting the Senate’s 60-vote requirement on most legislation and she isn’t ready to entertain changing rules to pass sweeping elections or voting legislation with a simple majority.
…In a statement to POLITICO, a spokesperson said that Sinema “continues to support the Senate’s 60-vote threshold, to protect the country from repeated radical reversals in federal policy which would cement uncertainty, deepen divisions, and further erode Americans’ confidence in our government.” Since joining the Senate in 2019, Sinema’s been a fierce defender of the filibuster and warned that reversing it could lead to terrible outcomes for Democrats down the line.

Well, obviously, once you set the precedent that you can suspend the filibuster for any bill you deem “very important,” a lot of bills will be deemed “very important.”
Though, honestly, I don’t know if the GOP will do this very often. They’re cowards and most of them are liberals anyway, who collude with the Democrats to make sure liberal policy preferences always prevail, while they pretend to oppose them.
And every time they collude to engineer a Democrat victory, they immediately send you fundraising letters that say “By gum, we were outfoxed again! Gee willickers how does this keep on happening?! Please send us $100 so that we can buy better Brain Medicine so that the next time we will be better prepared to Fight For You.”

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