Filibuster: The Problem With “They Started It”
Whenever the incredible obstructionism by GOP Senators is brought up, Republicans like to cite the fact that Democrats used the filibuster against President Bush (much like my five year old uses his brother’s behavior as his defense). Well, the handy chart above from Jamelle Bouie shows that facts once again argue against Republicans. They have more than doubled since President Obama took office. As Ed Kilgore says:
I’d go him one better and offer the colloquial analogy that Republicans claiming they are just responding to Democratic use of the filibuster in the recent past are like someone who calls in an air strike to blow up a neighbor’s house because of suspicions that the teenaged kid living there keyed their car.
Majority Leader Reid now says that he regrets opposing efforts to curtail the filibuster back when the Democrats may have had enough votes to do something about it. I fear that this is too little too late.