From the good to the ugly. For some weird reason, I am suddenly on Markos Moulitsas' e-mailing list. Who is Mr. Moulitsas? He runs The Daily Toilet Scrubber.
He is an anti-choice right-winger who, like Arianna Huffington, saw the Republican brand was dipping and due for a fall so he rushed over to the left. He is a creep. He is a sexist. His family allegedly has ties to war criminals. (Contras.) I do not visit his site. It is useless as is Mr. Moulitas de Zuniga (or whatever his last name actually is).
So I opened his mailing with hesitation. He really did not learn a thing in school. (I believe he went to school in Chicago.) From his mailing:
Today we're launching a campaign to end the filibuster. Join this campaign by clicking the link below and signing the petition that appears:
Here's how signing the petition makes a difference.
We'll deliver the petition to every Democratic nominee for Senate and every returning Democratic Senator. When we do, we'll get them on record about whether they agree that the rules of the Senate can, and should, be changed with a simple majority vote on the first day of Congress next year.
Once 51 returning and potential Senators have come out in support, we'll have proven that changing Senate rules is possible with a simple majority vote.
Entrenched power players like Joe Lieberman, Max Baucus, Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu have all depended on the filibuster to enable Republican obstructionism and water down progressive legislation. Corporate interests have used it to protect themselves by purchasing a few small state Senators on the cheap.We have the filibuster for a reason and we surely appreciated that filibuster process anytime we were the minority party. That is difficult for people like Mr. Zuniga to understand due to the fact that they are never sure -- from one minute to the next -- who they are today.
The filibuster is a tool that can be used. It has a long history.
I am not prepared to trash it just because the current crop of Dems are too cowardly to utilize the process.
Mr. Zuniga does not care about the process. He only cares about attention-seeking behaviors. Like whining that MSNBC has banned him from the airwaves. Apparently,there is a height requirement, who knew?
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: