December 21, 2012 |
Ideas are not responsible for the people who believe them, but when evaluating Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's ideas for making the Senate more like the House of Representatives, consider the source. Reid is just a legislative mechanic trying to make Congress's machinery efficiently responsive to his party's progressivism. And proper progressives think that the Constitution, understood as a charter of limited government, is unconstitutional. They think that the "living" Constitution gives government powers sufficient for whatever its...
March 16, 2013 |
WILL SENATE Democrats give into temptation and smash the filibuster, after all? The Senate just got through reforming some of its arcane — but intensely disputed — rules that allow a minority to hold up the country's business, and TPM's Brian Beutler reports that already Democrats are thinking of changing them again . But Republicans can easily end talk of further limiting minority rights in the chamber. They just need to start using those rights more responsibly. In January, Senate leaders struck a...
June 4, 2011 |
In a racially mixed corner of Shreveport, La., a small group of white voters protested loudly this year that they did not want to be part of a majority black district when the legislature redrew the state's political boundaries. The Republican-led statehouse complied, drawing a line around the community to accommodate them. That line is at the heart of a case before the Justice Department that is seen as a critical test of how the Obama administration will interpret the controversial Voting...
August 24, 2009
Jack Duckworth's Aug. 18 letter to the editor regarding the health-care debate bemoaned the defiance of Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) of the prevailing mood at the town hall meetings he attended. "It used to be that senators and House members represented the will of their constituents, as I believe the Constitution envisioned," Mr. Duckworth wrote. The Constitution envisioned no such thing, especially for senators. One reason senators have a six-year term is to give them political cover when they defy their constituents...
July 19, 2013 |
Liz Cheney's Senate candidacy gives me hope. I'm not hopeful because I'd like the former vice president's daughter to become a senator, though my job would surely be more entertaining if she were to dislodge the unexciting incumbent, Sen. Mike Enzi, in Wyoming's Republican primary. What fills me with hope is the instant denunciation of her run — by conservative Republicans. Sen. John Barrasso, a Cowboy State conservative like Enzi, called Cheney's bid "the wrong race at the wrong time.
March 9, 2008 |
Malaysia's long-governing multiethnic coalition lost its two-thirds majority of parliament (NYT) in March 8 elections, sending shockwaves through the country's political establishment. The government's fourteen-party coalition did maintain a parliamentary majority but could face new pressure for political reforms. News reports cite the government's failure to tackle the grievances of large minority groups -- ethnic Indians and Chinese -- as a reason for the electoral upset. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he will not...