Doomsdaaaaaaaaaaaaaay in the Senate
Later today, the weakened Democrat Senate will attempt to ram through a major rules change, which will empower a weakened majority and silence an empowered minority. After an electoral shellacking, Senate Democrats are looking to restructure the rules of the game to ensure they can continue business as usual – ignoring the will of the people and dismissing any and all conservative ideas.
According to Roll Call, the process used to change the rule will also stretch our space-time continuum:
Talk about your longest day. Under Democrats’ controversial plan to change Senate rules, the first day of the 112th Congress will last about two and a half weeks.
With Democrats in disarray but determined to change the chamber’s filibuster rules, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to use a procedural trick that will allow him to hold open the first legislative day of the session until the Senate returns from a two-week recess on Jan. 24.
The two-and-a-half-week “day” is intended to buy the party some time to come up with a rules change proposal they can actually get behind while simultaneously trying to avert a major partisan showdown. Republicans agree that Reid has the power to hold the legislative day open, noting their quarrel is really with what he will want to do when that day comes to an end.
During the past two years, Americans have become all too familiar with how Congress can use procedural gimmicks to subvert the will of the American people. Americans went to the polls in November to reject those procedural gimmicks. A 400-hour day makes for an inauspicious start.