Ahead of President Biden’s Atlanta speech on rewriting election laws, Democrats are calling for progress from Congress. With the legislation at a standstill, Mr Biden reheated Senator Schumer’s pressure to remove filibuster, which sparked a war of words with Senator McConnell ?? and the wise men of the Wall Street Journal. The games underline both the weakness and the hypocrisy of the Democrats ?? position. Have they forgotten how the falsification of systematic filibuster has turned against them?
The dispute begins with Mr Schumer’s announcement that he would force a vote on the future of filibuster no later than Martin Luther King’s Day. The Journal called it a ?? waterfall, ?? noting that the opposition of Senators Manchin and Sinema questions Mr. Schumer’s project. Mr Schumer’s goal is not to protect democracy but to blow up Senate rules for partisan purposes. jousts the Journal, adding that the Empire State Eminence seeks to “cause panic”.
Panic appears to be inside Mr. Biden’s camarilla, with supporters of the so-called voting reform ?? as NBC puts it, “Hear a viable plan to get major legislation to the President’s office to fight restrictive voting laws”? in the republican states. ?? There is nothing more urgent ??? said NAACP President Derrick Johnson. ?? We have to see the results. ?? Mr Schumer says Democrats must rewrite America’s electoral laws to fix our republic. and prevent a January 6 rerun.
The Journal denounces the assimilation of the demonstrators of January 6 to the “Republicans favorable to the current application of the law on the rights to vote. Do they see this as a flawed analogy comparable to the assimilation of “criminal justice progressives”? and rioters attacking police and property during Black Lives Matter protests. The Journal highlighted the partisan nature of Democrats ?? electoral bill, which, under the guise of reform, would push for “racial gerrymandering”. and force states to accept mailed ballots after election day.
Mr. Schumer in turn dashes out from a note to the Journal lamenting that following President Trump ?? s ?? Big Lie ?? in the 2020 election, the Republican Party radicalized against democracy. State efforts to strengthen voting integrity by tightening postal voting and voter identification policies reflect, according to Schumer, the undemocratic poison of last year’s deadly insurgency. Such measures “urgently require the Senate to pass a law.” Yet there is the furshlugger obstruction.
Mr. Schumer taunts Republicans for refusing ?? even debating voter protection bills. ?? Mr. McConnell warns he is trying to break up the Senate. and vows to force votes on controversies like vaccine warrants. Mr. Schumer also accuses the editors of the Journal of inconsistency. How can they reconcile their defense of filibuster, he demanded, with the backing of Republicans when they clashed with three Supreme Court justices and massive tax giveaways for businesses on a doorstep? of 50 votes ???
??It’s easy,?? Journal editors respond, noting that Mr. Trump’s tax bill has passed through the Senate through the reconciliation process, “a long-standing exception to the filibuster that both sides have often used.” They reminded Mr Schumer that reconciliation “allows the majority to use the threshold of 51 votes for budget items”. Yet ?? Mr. Schumer shoots a quick, ?? they say, for balking at Republicans upholding Mr. Trump’s Supreme Court justices by a simple majority.
The Journal highlights the difference between legislative obstruction, ?? which no party has broken to date, ?? and the filibuster for the candidates, which Mr Schumer and his fellow Democrats broke in 2013. Harry reid et al were tricked into thinking they were just ending the filibuster for the lower court candidates, not the Supreme Court, ?? the Journal then warned, predicting “two or three more Clarence Thomas in the High Court confirmed with 51 votes in the Senate.” “
The irony before Mr. Biden’s speech in Atlanta is that filibuster is a feature of the Senate calculated to make what Mr. Biden has made a central pledge of his campaign ?? unify the country. Mr Schumer himself warned in 2005 that dropping the filibuster would turn this country into a banana republic, where if you don’t get what you want you change the rules. Changing the rules of the Senate is bad enough. Change states ?? electoral laws to permanently tip the balance, it’s even worse.
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