Monday, July 23, 2007

Why So Many Republican Filibusters?

Kevin Drum of the Washington Monthly explains it.
It's also worth noting why Republicans are filibustering everything in sight. It's not because it's the only way they have of blocking legislation they dislike. After all, a Republican is president. The real reason is a desperate desire to kill popular legislation quietly (the press doesn't spend much time reporting on routine filibusters) rather than force President Bush to kill popular legislation in full public view (the press does report on presidential vetoes). The problem is that the public tends to be on the side of Democrats when domestic issues actually get some attention, so Republicans benefit by keeping their disagreements as low key as possible. The last thing they need is a bunch of high-profile vetoes that would make it crystal clear exactly what they're fighting against.
Stupid me. I hadn't really thought of it that way. But it's exactly right. Republicans are filibustering bills that Bush would likely veto anyway if they were passed. I still don't understand why they protect that fool

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