It’s a Start

Joe Biden
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President Handsome Joe Biden has announced that he supports reforming the Senate filibuster:

“Aren’t you going to have to choose between preserving the filibuster, and advancing your agenda?” Stephanopoulos asked Biden in their interview outside Philadelphia.

“Yes, but here’s the choice: I don’t think that you have to eliminate the filibuster, you have to do it what it used to be when I first got to the Senate back in the old days,” Biden said. “You had to stand up and command the floor, you had to keep talking.”

“So you’re for that reform? You’re for bringing back the talking filibuster?” Stephanopulos asked.

“I am. That’s what it was supposed to be,” Biden said.

“It’s getting to the point where, you know, democracy is having a hard time functioning,” Biden told Stephanopoulos.

It’s a start.

They are still going to need to do something to get the Voting Rights Act passed, but the ice is thawing at least.

UPDATE 1: 43 New Groups Join Anti-Filibuster Coalition As Reform Push Accelerates

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8 Responses to It’s a Start

  1. sos says:

    Filibuster is disarray!!!

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  2. Jimmy T says:

    Maybe we can now have our “Mr Smith Goes to Washington moment,” but in reverse. Mr Smith was fighting against corruption, the GQP is fighting for it. If they’re willing to dominate the floor with their lies and racist rhetoric, I say fine. Let the world see that they’re the ones responsible for the mess our government is in…

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  3. osirisopto says:

    The reason the GQP is opposed to the talking filibuster is that they can only talk in soundbites.
    After two minutes of that, they’ll have to repeat themselves endlessly until someone makes them stop.

    Could you imagine Russian RoJo on the floor with unlimited talking time and no one’s hand up his butt? The only way it could get better is if they let Screwy Louie have the floor.

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    • MDavis says:

      Take a page from Ted Cruz and read Dr. Seuss books. There was all that outrage about the publisher deciding to stop printing certain books, if they feel so strongly about it let them pull out their cherished copies of those books and read them aloud.
      Just bring back and enforce that Talking Filibuster – you make the objection you do the time.
      Maybe the incident with reading out the bill and then making the aides do it, so the entire delay actually shortened could somehow by parlayed into this coming to pass.

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  4. Wesley Sandel says:

    Steps needed for survival of democracy:
    re-institute the Fairness Doctrine
    make private money in politics illegal
    re-institute the Voting Rights Act.

    And voila! You have a democracy again

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    • tengrain says:

      The Fairness Doctrine would bring you more “Both Sides” framing, or the return of Hannity and Colmes. Also, it only applied to broadcast news (and really, does anyone really watch broadcast any more?) and never applied to cable and would not apply to streaming services.




      • Wesley Sandel says:

        That’s not what it did in the 1970s and 1980s – I remember that broadcasters were required to offer air time for opposing views. Sometimes that took the form or having a talk show hosted by the opposing view and sometimes I would see advocates given time in local news shows. In fact, right-wing talk radio wouldn’t exist if the Fairness Doctrine still applied.


  5. jaf48 says:

    I think that Ray-Ban Aviators must henceforth be known as Handsome Joes


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