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Trump Tells GOP to Ditch the Filibuster

Is there anyone out there who seriously thinks that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., would not abolish the filibuster a minute or two after becoming majority leader?

I mean, let’s be serious. Democrats do what it takes to win. Republicans, not so much all the time.

According to Politico:

President Donald Trump had a simple message for Senate Republicans during a meeting at the White House on Tuesday: Kill the filibuster now, before Chuck Schumer and the Democrats do.

Trump told more than 15 House and Senate GOP appropriators that Schumer, the Senate minority leader, would get rid of the legislative filibuster if Democrats took over the chamber in November. According to several lawmakers, Trump suggested that a mutual friend he shares with Schumer heard this from the New York Democrat and then passed the tidbit onto the president.

In Trump’s view, Senate filibusters should take place only when a senator stands up and holds the floor. Trump mentioned “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” the 1939 movie in which Jimmy Stewart’s character, Jefferson Smith, stages a filibuster until a corrupt Senate leader is exposed, as an example of how the process should operate.

I don’t need someone who talks to Trump and Schumer to tell me that Schumer, even if he did not want to do such a thing, would be under irresistible pressure from the left to end the filibuster rule, which basically requires 60 votes to pass anything that can’t technically be related to the budget.

But Republicans will probably wring their hands and wait instead of seizing the opportunity to enact legislation before a possible Democratic takeover.

5 Responses to Trump Tells GOP to Ditch the Filibuster

  1. Once again the establishment Republicans blow it. Harry Reid ended it in 2013. But the elite worry about “tradition” and “principles.” And they continue to scratch their heads and wonder why trump got elected.

    Someone needs to tell the elites of the party that it’s easier for the party base to find new elites then for the elites to find a new party base.

    • The Koch-sucking Rove Republican swill don’t care. They have the same goal as the Democrats – One World Government – because they have the same owners – Davos and the Bilderbergs. They would rather see President Trump impeached than take the chance he might be re-elected in 2020.

  2. The right is always wanting to do the “right” thing. While the left will step on their grandma to do what they want. Grow a pair and work for the American people.

  3. Never stop an enemy that’s in the process of destroying himself.

    Schumer was trying to bluff by invoking the Biden Rule, even though it’s not a presidential election year.invoking

    Trump should call that bluff, and bet the 2019 Senate on it. Can you imagine Tester, McCaskill, Heitkamp, and the rest of the two dozen Democratic senators having to defend that on the hustings?

    How do you play it? Easy peasy. For those of you who saw the musical “1776”: remember North Carolina’s “respectful yielding” to South Carolina? Well, Missouri, Montana, and the rest, do not “respectfully yield” to New York or San Francisco.

    If I’m a Republican in one of the swing states, I would find the closest match in voting records for those senators, and say, “You can vote for me and let me speak for you, or you can keep the current Democrat and effectively let (Schumer, Harris, Sanders) vote twice. Chuck Schumer wants this midterm election to reflect our choice for the Supreme Court,” etc.

    The “blue wave” is going to look more like ebb tide at the Bay of Fundy.