26 April 2010

What Cloture Vote on Financial Reform Means

To my mind, today's 57-41 cloture vote on financial reform, in which the Republicans voted in lockstep to refuse to allow debate, illustrates three things:

1. The Party of "Hell no, no deal" has proven itself yet again to be completely out of touch with not only the interests, but in this case the overwhelmingly stated position, of the vast majority of Americans.

2.  The cloture rules of the Senate have proven yet again to be a MAJOR IMPEDIMENT to the functioning of representative government in this country, demonstrating once again that they must be changed to majority rule.

3.  Ben Nelson has proven yet again that he is not a Democrat in any meaningful sense of the word.

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