Mitch McConnell met with reporters and called the Senate Democrats’ planned filibuster reform real radicalism.
McConnell told reporters:
McConnell contradicts the Democrats’ plans to change the filibuster rules to pass democracy / electoral laws. “Make no mistake, this is real radicalism,” he says. “You want to make the Senate the House of Representatives. They want to make it easy to fundamentally change the country. ” pic.twitter.com/p9EHFdt2Re
– Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) January 4, 2022
Senator McConnell is wrong. Real radicalism allows a senator to deny the majority of the Senate the ability to carry out the will of the people. The 60-vote rule is radically undemocratic. A senator’s ability to prevent laws from being discussed in the Senate by doing nothing but saying no is real radicalism.
Mitch McConnell knows the filibuster doesn’t exist in the Constitution. The right of the minority to control the agenda in the Senate is a fundamental tyranny of the minority.
Minority leader McConnell’s comments suggest he knows that real reform is a serious option. Senate Republicans don’t want filibuster reform because if they had to start keeping the word and setting up speaking filibusters, filibusters would practically die.
Democrats like Joe Manchin are not against filibuster reform. You are against quitting the filibuster yourself.
Senator McConnell and his strategy of abusing Senate rules to obstruct Democratic presidents is why filibuster reform could happen within the next two weeks.
Mitch McConnell broke the Senate, and the Democrats are closer than ever to fixing it.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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