Friday, April 15, 2005
Showdown. I was wondering where my fellow warmongers stand. Iain Duncan Smith's recent warning in the NYT's was scary: England's filibuster limit for parliamentary debate is called the 'guillotine rule' and minority parties suffer. Conservatives should want to conserve such rules. Especially these rules. How long before it applies to more than judges? A simple majority will push things faster, and this will be less conservative. Still I support the change. So does TNR's Cohn, in a straightfoward appeal to Majority Rule. Our ways and government are more & more partisan. If the filibuster is going to be used more and more, eventually the rule will change. Because it will eventually go, I can accept todays' battle is a fair line to draw. The filibuster must not be used so widely for judges. Still, the coarsening of our political process is sad.