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...
October 10, 2011 |
Democrats have one overriding objective this Congress: to create jobs and get our economy back on track. But our Republican colleagues are so dead set on preventing Democrats from passing job-creating legislation that they have been willing to abuse the rules of the Senate to grind the chamber to a halt, making it virtually impossible to pass even bills that have broad, bipartisan support. The Senate rule change we made last week has been inaccurately described, including by Marc A. Thiessen on this page , as a resort...
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 because...
July 28, 2012
The July 23 news story " Latin America's democratically elected authoritarians " oversimplified in describing Hugo Chávez and other left-leaning populist leaders in Latin America as "new authoritarians. " That lumps them in with the ruthless dictators, of which the region has seen too many. Mr. Chávez (and others such as Evo Morales in Bolivia) may more usefully be seen as radical, majoritarian democrats who insist that the poor majorities of their countries should prevail against the wealthier minorities.
December 28, 2012 |
CANNES Syria's Alawite regime collapses from within and without. High-level defections march in step with rebel gains through the Sunni heartland. The Obama administration's signature regional strategy — described in a Freudian slip by a French career diplomat here as "waiting from behind" — now badly trails events. That would not constitute a disaster for Washington if the fate of Bashar al-Assad's clan-dictated rule was an isolated affair. But there are moments when timing is everything in statecraft.
January 26, 2013 |
SENATE MAJORITY Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) struck a deal Thursday to reform their chamber's rules , to the outrage of those hoping that Mr. Reid would significantly weaken the filibuster. Common Cause called it "capitulation. " Credo labeled it "a compromised bait-and-switch. " President Obama "might as well take a four-year vacation," said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) — despite the fact that an unreformed Senate has played a crucial role over the past two years in striking...