At least one senator knows how to use the rules! He’s a Republican focused on budget issues. His critics say he is obstructing the way the Senate usually works, which “is known as unanimous consent, an agreement among all parties to let a bill pass without a fight since full debate and votes on even the simplest matter can consume days.” He says, “I am not a go-along, get-along guy if I think it is the wrong way to go. … I am O.K. taking the consternation of my colleagues. I take my oath seriously.”
Wow! Imagine if there were just one senator who was so intent on stopping the neo-con agenda! Imagine the effect of forcing the Senate to vote and debate!
I’ve criticized the Democrats’ failure to use the filibuster and their failure to call the bluff of Republicans who threaten to filibuster. This tactic, like Senator Tom Coburn’s use of the hold, is vital to bringing democracy back into Congress.
Congress is running scared of (or maybe wants to cooperate with) the neo-con regime and the 20% of Americans who support that regime. It’s past time for progressive senators (such as there are) to be as bold as Tom Coburn.