Prometheus von Cornsilk (kingnixon) wrote,
Prometheus von Cornsilk

health care v assholes

so near as i can tell, the senate healthcare fight is coming down to if they get 60 votes they can pass it or otherwise they have to finagle it through an appropriations bill which is clearly a bullshit political move. but there's an obvious 3rd option that everyone seems to have forgotten about - just suck it up and wait out the filibusters. it's been done before. for example, strom thurmond filibustered a civil rights bill for a full freaking 24 hours, but eventually he gave up or passed out or died or something, and then the bill passed. this has an added benefit: people who filibuster for long enough tend to look like obstructionist assholes. so sure, by all means try and get a supermajority to sign on to it, but if getting a worthwhile bill passed means <60 votes, then just stick to your damn guns for once in your political lives. they can't talk forever.

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