Filibusters and Defections
Further evidence that the conservatives' support in the Republican party isn't
unanimous (from the AP
Two groups normally allied with Republicans have bolted from the party's effort to ban judicial filibusters the first major defections from a conservative push to prevent Senate Democrats from blocking President Bush's judicial nominees.
The National Right to Work Committee, a 2.2 million-member group critical of unions, and the Gun Owners of America, with 300,000 members, say they fear eliminating judicial filibusters could eventually lead to doing away with filibusters altogether.
Both groups have benefited in the past from use of the Senate parliamentary tactic to block gun control and labor bills. A filibuster technically is unlimited debate, and requires 60 votes from the 100-member Senate to stop.
I've blogged about the filibuster before (here
); it's good to see two prominent Republican
groups standing up to the conservatives. While I'm not a die-hard supporter of the filibuster as an end in itself, I think it can be a very valuable tool in preventing both disastrous legislation and disastrous judicial nominations. And in today's political environment, it's an excellent means of culling the political process, which in the majority of cases only creates further inroads to a dictatorship.
POSTED BY THE GENERAL AT 4:16 AM