Friday, December 07, 2007

Rahm Emanuel: Senate a Mistake

This NYTimes article describes an all-too-familiar situation of partisan wrangling in the Congress between parties and houses.

The extent to which there have been "filibusters" or "obstructionism" is disputed though.

Democrats blame Republican obstruction. “They are filibustering as if they are on steroids,” Mr. Reid said.

Republicans say the Democrats are to blame, for pursuing a partisan agenda. They also say Democrats call for votes to end filibusters that do not exist and, in some cases, seek to end debate on bills before debate has started.

Things are so bad between Mr. Reid and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, that in some cases they even fight about whether they are fighting about something.

It's pretty standard stuff, but now that the Republicans are accused of being obstructionist, Congressman Rahm Emanuel (in the Dem leadership, former Clintonite, former DCCC chair) has decided the Senate, as an institution, is for the birds:

“As an amateur student of constitutional history and as a member of Congress, I have come to the conclusion that the Senate was a historic mistake,” said Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, the No. 4 Democrat.

"Amateur" indeed. The whole purpose of a bicameral legislature is to stop stupid bills. To be, essentially, obstructionist when need be.

One can only wonder how such otherwise obviously intelligent people get elected without knowing the first thing about why our Constitution functions.

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