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Make the Republicans Filibuster

Make the Republicans Stand and Filibuster updated

Dear Harry Reid,

Stop just showing up and do your job.

There’s really no other way to say it. Reid and Senate Democrats are getting
beat at every turn. They’re calling Republicans “obstructionist,”
but there’s also another sad reality in this. Democrats are allowing it to happen.
Chris Bowers
did a tremendously useful post that lays it out. Campaign
for America’s Future
did a report called “Filibustered,” outlining
how the Republicans are doing their jobs, while Reid and Senate Democrats stand
feckless in the Senate well.

There’s a reason Congress approval ratings have plummeted. You know Speaker
Pelosi got the message. She got an Iraq withdrawal bill passed. What has
Senator Reid and the Democratic Senate caucus done? Let the Republicans get
away with making them look like they’re doing nothing.

I reached the tipping point on this poor excuse for leadership from Harry Reid last week.
Senate Democrats being beaten on a bill to actually make troop deployments
sane was it for me. Webb’s amendment missed by just a few votes, getting 56.
Are we going to take charge and lead or what? And I don’t want to hear anyone
say that Reid doesn’t have the votes. This was an amendment to help our troops
and end the continual redeployments without rest and recuperation. Do not tell
me Reid couldn’t have put pressure on Republicans to pass this bill or make
them stand up and show what liars Republicans are when they talk about “supporting
the troops.”

It’s way past time to put the pressure on Senate Democrats to convince them
that if Republicans want to stand in our way they’re going to have to go on
record, via camera on C-SPAN, as well as cable tv, not to mention their favorite whine box wingnut radio, and stand and filibuster.

The Young
Turks did an interview with Kent Conrad
that says it all.

Cenk: Exactly, that’s a perfect situation. We’re actually going to make you
physically filibuster it. Go ahead and give speeches for 24 hours a day. We’re
removing the rule that out of politeness and courtesy that we don’t make you
do that anymore. We’re going to have you go and read the phone book, and tell
us how much you’re against stem cells or the minimum wage, or for rest for
the troops.

Senator Kent Conrad: Yeah, I think there’s a growing consensus that we ought
to do that…I think that we could do a better job making our points, and
one part of that is to let the American people see just how obstructionist
this Republican minority is being. The leader has had to file cloture now
over 40 times already this year. And cloture, as you know, is a special procedure
to stop debate, to stop filibusters, in order to reach conclusion on legislation.
I had a Republican colleague tell me it is the Republican strategy
to try to prevent any accomplishment of the Democratic Congress. That is set
in their caucus openly and directly that they don’t intend to allow Democrats
to have any legislative successes, and they intend to do it by repeated filibuster.

Senate Democrats seem to have a spine problem right now. They won’t stiffen
it and actually make the Republicans stand and filibuster legislation that the American
people support. Ian
and Christy
have also posted on this as well. If you have a blog and post on it, let me know. I’ll be glad to link to it.

Senator Harry Reid needs to hear from you today: in DC, 202-224-3542;
in Nevada 702-388-5020.

Also Campaign for America’s
Future has a petition you can sign
and send the message to Reid. Now let’s
get busy. Enough is enough.

UPDATE: In the WE SHALL SEE department, Reid is talking about forcing Republicans to vote on Reed-Levin, up or down vote, no hemming or hawing allowed. Talk is cheap and we’ve had a lot of it. The proof will come tomorrow.

UPDATE: More blogs, of course C&L is, as well as Rick Perlstein are signing on to the MAKE THE REPUBLICANS STAND AND FILIBUSTER campaign. Christy wins the Reid picture of the day contest!

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