Before using the Reid Option lose the Hitchhikers Guide Option

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Before using the Reid Option lose the Hitchhikers Guide Option

Mr. Prosser: Has Mr. Dent come to his senses yet?
Ford Pre­fect: Can we for the moment assume that he hasn’t?
Mr. Prosser: Has Mr. Dent come to his yet?
Ford Pre­fect: Can we for the moment assume that he hasn’t?
Mr. Prosser: Well?
Ford Pre­fect: Can we also assume, that he’s going to be stay­ing here all day?
Mr. Prosser: So?
Ford Pre­fect: So all your men are going to be stand­ing around here all day doing noth­ing?
Mr. Prosser: Could be, could be
Ford Pre­fect: Well, if you’re resigned to doing that any­way, you don’t actu­ally need him to lie here all the time do you?
Mr. Prosser: Well, not as such, no, not exactly need
Ford Pre­fect: Well if you’d like to take it as read that he’s actu­ally there, then he and I could slip off down to the pub for half an hour. How does that sound?

The Hitch­hik­ers of guide to the Galaxy 1981

There has been a scram­ble of sto­ries con­cern­ing the state of the vote on Judge Neil Gor­such to the supreme court this week. Sev­eral say the Democ­rats have the votes to fil­i­buster the nom­i­na­tion but there is a point con­cern­ing this story that I don’t think peo­ple are clear on, the “fil­i­buster” of today bears lit­tle resem­blance to the fil­i­busters of old, either in the Sen­ate or in movies.

You don’t see a Jimmy Stew­art hold­ing or a Strom Thur­mond hold­ing the floor alone as a bunch of other sen­a­tors wait for him to crack. Nor do you see teams of sen­a­tors mak­ing long speeches from phone books or the con­sti­tu­tion or any­thing else.

What you see instead is more like the scene quoted above from the Hitch­hik­ers guide to the Galaxy, the side, the major­ity hav­ing failed to get the 60 votes to end debate takes it as read that the other side is hold­ing the floor as given so that can all pop down to the pub if they want.

But what if they didn’t?

What if the GOP decided, you know what? If you want to have a fil­i­buster you go ahead, have one, but you’re going to have to have a real one, where you Democ­rats con­tin­u­ally hold the floor of the sen­ate with­out inter­rup­tion ‚where you have to make speeches, fill the record and so forth, fur­ther­more we aren’t going to allow you to revise or extend your remarks. We will make you stand there and make gov­ern­ment come to a stand­still and make sure the Amer­i­can peo­ple see you do it.

Now the media being the media will of course spin it as either “Brave Democ­rats con­tinue to hold the floor on prin­ci­ple.” or “Repub­li­cans obstruct­ing busi­ness by refus­ing to pull the Gor­such nom­i­na­tion from the floor.” but the actual video and audio will not play that way.

Even more impor­tantly, while the far left will find it inspir­ing , the video of such things will be ready made ad videos for elec­tion 2018 and elec­tion 2020 against said senators.

Now granted this will slow down the busi­ness of the sen­ate but if the left is so keen to do this make them do it for real and milk it for every moment you can.

If they get sick of it, or make a mis­take, after all this hasn’t been done for a while, then you’re able to get the Gor­such and have egg on the faces of the left.

If not, then you can go ahead and launch that Harry Reid nuclear option , but make sure the left plays the Richard Rus­sell option first fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of the old anti-​civil rights south­ern cau­cus and make sure every­one knows that’s what happening.

Any­ways that’s what I’d do.


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Mr. Prosser: Has Mr. Dent come to his senses yet?
Ford Prefect: Can we for the moment assume that he hasn’t?
Mr. Prosser: Has Mr. Dent come to his yet?
Ford Prefect: Can we for the moment assume that he hasn’t?
Mr. Prosser: Well?
Ford Prefect: Can we also assume, that he’s going to be staying here all day?
Mr. Prosser: So?
Ford Prefect: So all your men are going to be standing around here all day doing nothing?
Mr. Prosser: Could be, could be
Ford Prefect: Well, if you’re resigned to doing that anyway, you don’t actually need him to lie here all the time do you?
Mr. Prosser: Well, not as such, no, not exactly need
Ford Prefect: Well if you’d like to take it as read that he’s actually there, then he and I could slip off down to the pub for half an hour. How does that sound?

The Hitchhikers of guide to the Galaxy 1981

There has been a scramble of stories concerning the state of the vote on Judge Neil Gorsuch to the supreme court this week.  Several say the Democrats have the votes to filibuster the nomination  but there is a point concerning this story that I don’t think people are clear on, the “filibuster” of today bears little resemblance to the filibusters of old, either in the Senate or in movies.

You don’t see a Jimmy Stewart holding or a Strom Thurmond holding the floor alone as a bunch of other senators wait for him to crack.  Nor do you see teams of senators making long speeches from phone books or the constitution or anything else.

What you see instead is more like the scene quoted above from the Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy, the side, the majority having failed to get the 60 votes to end debate takes it as read that the other side is holding the floor as given so that can all pop down to the pub if they want.

But what if they didn’t?

What if the GOP decided, you know what?  If you want to have a filibuster you go ahead, have one, but you’re going to have to have a real one, where you Democrats continually hold the floor of the senate without interruption ,where you have to make speeches, fill the record and so forth, furthermore we aren’t going to allow you to revise or extend your remarks.  We will make you stand there and make government come to a standstill and make sure the American people see you do it.

Now the media being the media will of course spin it as either “Brave Democrats continue to hold the floor on principle.”  or “Republicans obstructing business by refusing to pull the Gorsuch nomination from the floor.” but the actual video and audio will not play that way.

Even more importantly, while the far left will find it inspiring , the video of such things will be ready made ad videos for election 2018 and election 2020 against said senators.

Now granted this will slow down the business of the senate but if the left is so keen to do this make them do it for real and milk it for every moment you can.

If they get sick of it, or make a mistake, after all this hasn’t been done for a while, then you’re able to get the Gorsuch and have egg on the faces of the left.

If not, then you can go ahead and launch that Harry Reid nuclear option , but make sure the left plays the Richard Russell option first following in the footsteps of the old anti-civil rights southern caucus and make sure everyone knows that’s what happening.

Anyways that’s what I’d do.


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