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Procedural Suckage

November 4, 2009

This article at Grist is worth a read. It’s not really about why the climate bill is going to suck, even though it is titled “The Real Reason the Climate Bill is Going to Suck.” It’s about the supermajority and procedural obstructionism, which I discussed here. Neat graph too.

cloture votes over time

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One comment

  1. It is an interesting graph. I followed the link and read the article. Other than the fact that it’s the author’s ox getting gored I don’t see much relevance.

    I do find it interesting that the spike is in the 110th Congress, which had a 49-49 “tie” in repubs versus demos. I did a little searching but couldn’t easily find a site that showed who actually had been calling for cloture votes in 2007-2008. Bush, obviously, was president, and the House was demo already. I’ll do a little more searching and see if I can find some data. Meanwhile, I’ll repeat that it seems to depend on whose agenda is being “gummed up” as to the objection to the “supermajority” in the Senate. My standard reply about the Congress is “less is better”. All are bought and paid for, none are “patriots”, and I doubt I’d want to be friends with any, on either side of the isle. If these folks are the best we can elect, it says plenty about “us”. (yes, I’m very cynical)



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