Please let me know if there was a stranger week in 2013.
Suppose they had a war and Rand Paul didn’t come. It could see the day in the rising tensions in China.
Awash from the recent wave of reminiscences about the life and death of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, surrounding the 50th anniversary of his death, this perspective emerges to one who was part of the New Frontier.
I have a feeling President Obama will be thankful for many things this Thanksgiving, and he should be. Yet politically, Thanksgiving is likely to make things worse for him.
This is not the way the Senate operated until just very recently. Since the filibuster rule was established in 1917, it was used only 35 times in the first 50 years.
The nuclear option passed the same way the First World War began: miscalculation.
I cannot prove that what I believe is true, but here are some facts that cannot be disputed: By the third year of his presidency, when Kennedy reached true presidential greatness, he had become an ardent (and to the military industrial complex, threatening) champion of world peace.
I hope packing the courts with radical nominees is worth it for the Democrats, because they will be in the minority in the Senate in 2015.
I strongly support the move by Reid to change the rules of the Senate and allow presidential nominations to proceed by majority vote.
Modest reforms like requiring the filibusterer to be present and talking, proposed by the Alliance For Justice, or more fundamental reforms like ending the endless filibuster so democracy can work, are now called for.