(The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Did you know that for most of the Senate's history, there was no such thing as cloture against a filibuster -- that the ability to shut off debate and proceed to an "up or down vote" despite the strong wishes of a minority, as the President urges on Estrada, didn't exist? Don't take my word for it; read it at the Senate's own site. Did you know that, in the prior instance of the failure of the Senate to achieve cloture against a judicial nomination filibuster, the President admitted defeat under Senate rules and withdrew the nomination? Again, the Senate's site. So let's have no more unctuous speeches about how Democrats are destroying some settled American tradition, ok?

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