Will Harry Reid kill real filibuster reform? Vote is tomorrow, January 22.

It looks like the real reason we may not get real filibuster reform — the Merkley–Udall reform proposal — is Democrat Harry Reid. See the Politico article quoted below for the evidence.

But first, let that sink in. Senate Majority Leader and Democrat Harry Reid is reportedly working to preserve the Republicans` ability to f*ck up the new Senate, just like they did the old one. Your Democrats in action.

Action Opportunity — Call today and tomorrow

This is a tight, focused action opportunity. The Senate vote is tomorrow (January 22).

Despite the fact that today is MLK Day, we should be calling Harry Reid`s office today and tomorrow (early morning EST):

Harry Reid:
(202) 224-3542

Reid also has four Nevada offices, all with phones. If you call:

  1. Tell him (politely) to act like a Democrat instead of a Beltway insider & Mitch McConnell`s virtual golfing buddy.
  2. Tell him to support the Merkley–Udall proposal and nothing less.
  3. Say if he doesn`t get real filibuster reform passed in the Senate, he owns the silent filibuster for the next two years. Every Republican obstruction will be his obstruction as well.

Let`s give him naming rights if he fails us like he did two years ago. The Senator Harry Reid Silent Filibuster™, brought to you by Senator Harry Reid, the Republicans` new best friend in the Senate.

Other Dem senators who may be wavering:

Baucus Max MT D (202) 224-2651
Boxer Barbara CA D (202) 224-3553
Feinstein Dianne CA D (202) 224-3841
Heitkamp Heidi ND D (202) 224-2043
Hirono Mazie HI D (202) 224-6361
Leahy Patrick VT D (202) 224-4242
Reed Jack RI D (202) 224-4642

Make the call, please. Today and tomorrow early (EST). Make several. I`d be shocked if the folks in the $800 suits [so wrong; see immediately below] hit the chambers anytime before 10 or 11am — gotta have time for those lobbyist breakfasts and all. [Update: Man, was I wrong about those suits. Make that $4000 each, starting price. Thanks, VJBinCT.]


The evidence

Here`s the Politico piece, my emphasis and some reparagraphing):

Harry Reid seeks middle path on filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) doesn’t plan to advance a “talking filibuster” proposal envisioned by liberals who want sweeping changes to the stodgy Senate. …

The contents of a filibuster reform package are not yet finalized, sources say, and Reid is still trying to cut a bipartisan deal with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to avert a partisan showdown on the floor next week.

But Reid seems to have discarded one of the more far-reaching proposals sought by liberals — forcing senators to actually carry out a filibuster — because of fears that the plan would effectively kill the potent delaying tactic used frequently by the minority party.

Reid is a rat if he kills real filibuster reform. And the whole next Senate is his fault. Feel free to say I said so.


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13 Responses to “Will Harry Reid kill real filibuster reform? Vote is tomorrow, January 22.”

  1. ComradeRutherford says:

    “Harry Reid has no balls. How in God’s name did he ever get a leadership position”

    You answered your own question. Reid is the Senate leader BECAUSE he has no balls! The Dems sold control of the party to the far-right Republicans back during the Reagan Administration when the Iran-Contra Treason was getting a pass from the Democratic Leadership. Ever since then the Dems have always sold out their voting base when it really counted, and only pretended to be Democrats on ‘safe’ votes they knew they’d lose anyway.

    The Democrats have an agreement in place that they will never, ever put anyone in power that would dare change or challenge the Republicans. Just look at Obama!

  2. ComradeRutherford says:

    I have very mixed feelings on this one. I remember several instances over the last 35 years of Republican Majorities where the Dem’s filibuster was the only thing stopping all sorts of far-right-crazy laws.

    I just called my senator’s office, Pat Leahy, and was told that he has not decided yet, but has in the past been in favor of ideas that are in the Merkley-Udall bill. I told the phone guy that what I really want to see changed is Reid’s instant yanking of every bill when a Republican just looks at him funny.

  3. Give ’em hell, Harry,

    Hell, Harry, give ’em anything they want… ya always do!

    Friggin’ wimp… at least McDonald has a pair.

  4. Randall Norris says:

    Harry Reid has no balls. How in God’s name did he ever get a leadership position, and what makes him think he’s a Democrat! What an absolute wimp and loser. Where is Lyndon Johnson when you need him?

  5. Chathamization says:

    Calling is a good idea. But we need to focus on some boring long term stuff if we really want to have a voice. It doesn’t make sense for us to, say, not do anything for the next four years and then ask someone to jump into the primaries as a progressive candidate a couple of months before voting starts. If we want any kind of traction, we need to build up progressive political infrastructure.

  6. cole3244 says:

    will the dems fight for us as we fight for them, no way from the looks of it.

  7. ronbo says:

    A rouse? To get the left fired up? Better yet, why not favor total elimination of SS and Medicare?
    Sometimes, a weak spineless man is just a weak spineless man… just as a cigar is just a cigar.
    This 11-dimentional chess nonsense is pathetic. Say what you mean and mean what you say; all else is just masturbation.

  8. Naja pallida says:

    I count on Harry Reid to have the strength of a wet tissue, regardless of the issue… and since he refuses to take a stand on anything, he gives his party no reason to take a stand on anything. Frankly, I’ve been stunned he’s talked about filibuster reform as much as he has, but I certainly expect nothing to come of it. John Boehner may be a pathetic Speaker of the House, because he can’t get his own party to agree to anything, but Harry Reid is a pathetic Senate Majority Leader by choice. Because if he actually lead the charge, most of the Democrats would follow. He just doesn’t like to actually lead.

  9. BeccaM says:

    Reid had his first chance on filibuster reform two years ago — and chickened out. He believed McConnell’s “oh, don’t worry, we’ll stop abusing the privilege, we’ll only filibuster when it’s really super-dooper important” BS assurances.

    What makes anyone think this time will be any different? And no, it’s not just some fear about whether the Dems will still have the same means to obstruct when they’re in the minority again. We already saw that picture-show, when all the GOPers had to do was merely threaten to take away the filibuster and the Dems folded like a cheap suit.

    Remember the definition of insanity?

  10. John says:

    Maybe this is a rouse to get the left fired up. All the numbers for his offices have full mailboxes, so people must be calling.

  11. VJBinCT says:

    You’ve gotta be kidding. $800 suits are for poor people.

  12. lynchie says:

    Well he can see the future. Dems run Hillary she loses.
    Gerrymandering has screwed any chance of the Dems winning the house (though if
    they ran some people from the left they could grow in the house). The senate is
    his and he doesn’t have any fucks to give and wants at least one more term as
    leader of the Senate before he goes off to unload his offshore accounts from
    big business, wall street, banks and of course the NRA. This is not even a
    story since he was never going to win anyway. Congress is made up of 535 1%ers
    plus the President and Vice President who do not care what we think, or worry
    about or get stressed over. They are looking out for themselves first, second
    and last. We are not in the club and the closest we come is to occasionally
    catch wind of some flatulence as they walk by.

  13. ronbo says:

    It’s apparent that Reid is part of the problem – coordinating for the 1% to ensure that the status quo is maintained. His mailbox is full and he isn’t taking comments. Do these insiders ever consider public opinion? (yes, but primarly when it benefits the 1%)

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