On Thursday, April 22, Republican.Senate.gov reports that Senate Demonrats are gathering in the Rules Committee to eliminate the filibuster.
This flies in the face of previous comments made by Senate Demonrats lauding the filibuster. Some examples:
In 2005, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL): “What [the American people] do not expect is for one party, be it Republican or Democrat, to change the rules in the middle of the game so that they can make all the decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet.”
In 2005, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said: “Mr. President, the filibuster is not a ‘procedural gimmick.’ The filibuster is an important check on executive power and part of every senator’s right to free speech in the United States Senate.”
In 2005, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) said: “Those who would attack and destroy the institution of the filibuster are attacking the very force within the Senate that creates compromise and bipartisanship.”
In 2005, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) said: “Filibusters … give small states such as Nebraska an important tool to protect itself from the will of the larger states.”
On February 17, 2010, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) said during an appearance on MSNBC: “I totally oppose the idea of changing filibuster rules. That’s foolish, in my view.”
Have you Demonrats no shame?