Political courage

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In voting to allow a vote on the budget in the form of a continuing resolution, the Senate exhibited political courage. The House of Representatives has yet to follow suit, demonstrating a lack of political courage. Why the difference? Harry Reid is demonstrating more and better leadership skills than John Boehner, and there are more wacko birds in the House than in the Senate. In addition, only one-third of the Senators face re-election every two years, while all the House members face the electorate every two years. House districts are redrawn every ten years, while state boundaries do not change. House members face a possible gerrymandered district if their party controls state government and they do not submit to party discipline while that is not true in the Senate. Some in the GOP want to repeal direct election of Senators, giving even greater control to the states over Congress.

Filibuster reform

English: John McCain official photo portrait.

English: John McCain official photo portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday, John McCain and Harry Reid reached a compromise on filibuster reform that avoided the nuclear option. We can chalk up a win for John McCain over the Wacko-birds of the GOP in the Senate. The score now reads:
John McCain   1
Wacko-birds   0

I look forward with anticipation to the next episode in this continuing saga, perhaps to be entitled “The Wacko-birds Strike Back.”

Guns rule

AR-15

AR-15 (Photo credit: subtlemd)

Fear sells
Truth tells
GOP lies
No surprise
NRA says, “Jump”
Congress, “How high?”
FOX lies
Democracy dies
Smoke clears
Victims scream
Survivor tears
AR-15s trump
Will of people
Filibusters must go
Replace Harry Reid
Until then
Guns triumph again.

Nuclear option

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The so-called nuclear option is the total elimination of the Senate filibuster. The filibuster is an option that Harry Reid supports, but he does intend to make its use more difficult. The filibuster is a Senate tradition that is not part of the Constitution. On the first day of a new Congressional session, the Senate rules including the filibuster rules can be changed by a simple majority. We will know how well Harry Reid has succeeded by how loud are the howls of protest from the GOP.

 

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Harry Reid

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Majority Leader, Harry Reid, has written two books that I have read recently. They are Searchlight, The Camp That Didn’t Fail and the more recent The Good Fight, Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington. Reid wrote the first book himself about growing up in Searchlight, Nevada and he had the help of Mark Warren in the second book. Both books are interesting and I can recommend them. I found the Searchlight book a bit on the dry side.

Harry Reid believes that the filibuster is an essential part of the US Senate although it does not appear in the Constitution. After the 2012 election, he has promised to reform the filibuster so that the GOP cannot block the Obama agenda as effectively as they did in Barack’s first term. I wish him good luck as the country needs a functioning Congress.