Last night Rachel Maddow did this weird segment launching her contest to come up with a word that is less boring that filibuster. Her theory being that the process won’t change until people understand what it is and they won’t understand it until we come up with a word that doesn’t put everyone to sleep.
Rachel explained this while running unrelated video of a puppy who kept falling asleep in a large pan of water.
So I tried an experiment. Peter, one of the cats, was asleep on the end of the sofa. I called his name. He woke up and looked at me. I told him I wanted to have a conversation about filibusters. He promptly closed his eyes and went back to sleep. Coincidence? Probably. I didn’t say the magic word, “food”, for one thing. But it was kinda cute.
I’ve written about the filibuster several times in the past and despite what Harry Reid seems to want to do (which is nothing) something has to happen. Did everyone hear President Obama mention many things which have passed the House and not the Senate during his State of the Union Address? And it is sad that the Senate has to be threatened with recess appointments before they begin to confirm nominees.
Of all the suggestions, I think the best is not changing the 60 vote rule itself, but instituting the old talk until you drop rule. No more going on to other business. No more going home. If you call for a filibuster, be prepared to talk.
Come on, Senate Democrats. Stop looking like sleepy cats and puppies.