Donald R. McClarey

Grey Eyed Man of Destiny

Today when Americans hear the term filibuster, they think of an attempt by senators to block legislation in the Senate by taking a bill to death.  The term comes from filibustero meaning pirate or buccaneer in spanish.  In the 19th century the

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Nuke Them Till They Glow

  The Democrats have decided to filibuster the nomination by President Trump of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  There never has been the use of a filibuster to block a Supreme Court nomination in our nation’s history except

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March 8, 1917: Senate Introduces Cloture

Woodrow Wilson was no fan of Senate filibusters: “The Senate of the United States is the only legislative body in the world which cannot act when its majority is ready for action. A little group of willful men, representing no

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War Then

But the most deplorable effect of all is that diminution of attachment and reverence which steals into the hearts of the people, towards a political system which betrays so many marks of infirmity, and disappoints so many of their flattering

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Rand Paul Defends the Bill of Rights

“I have allowed the president to pick his political appointees…But I will not sit quietly and let him shred the Constitution.” — Senator Rand Paul (go here for more quotes) Update: Senator Ted Cruz reads tweets supporting Rand Paul on the

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Stevens to Retire

Get ready for Obama appointment, Round 2. Supreme Court Justice Stevens announces he will retire in the summer. Not sure how the timing will work on this, especially as Obama and the Democrats try to avoid being too contentious right

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