I could go on and on about how badly President Joe Biden botched his one chance to prove to the country — and to the world — that he’s not a dementia-ridden, babbling old man who would be better off in an assisted-living facility, but I’ll spare you because you already know that.
One of the hot topics of the presser was Biden’s take on ending the filibuster, which very much seems like it hangs in the balance, given how badly Biden’s allies in Congress want to pass his radical, progressive, anti-American legislative pieces.
Before he became totally confused and literally looked as if he forgot what he was doing or where he was at, Biden used his few, fleeting moments of clarity to slam Republicans for abusing the filibuster, which is nothing more than the latest talking point from the Democratic party.
Reuters has the story:
President Joe Biden said on Thursday he believes the U.S. Senate should make it harder to use a parliamentary maneuver called the filibuster that requires 60 votes to advance most legislation in the 100-seat chamber, saying it is being abused.
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At his first official White House news conference, Biden said he was determined to get things done in Congress, and called the long-standing filibuster rule an obstacle to progress that is being misused by senators “in a gigantic way.”
Biden’s fellow Democrats hold the White House and narrow majorities in both houses of Congress for the first time in a decade, and liberals are increasingly urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to scrap the filibuster.
With Republicans holding 50 seats in the Senate, the 60-vote threshold may make it difficult for Biden to achieve key legislative objectives, such as voting rights, climate change, gun control and immigration.
The Democrats are also aware they may have but a short time to act – their slim majorities in both chambers could evaporate as soon as the congressional elections next year. Traditionally, the president’s party loses seats in those contests.
Biden said he favored a return to the “talking filibuster” – a tradition from decades ago that required senators to occupy the floor and make their case against legislation if they opposed it.
“It used to be that you had to stand there and talk and talk and talk and talk until you collapsed, and – guess what? – people got tired of talking,” Biden said.
“I strongly support moving in that direction, in addition to having an open mind about dealing with certain things that are elemental to the direction of our democracy like the right to vote,” Biden added.
Biden added that “if there’s complete lockdown and chaos as a consequence of the filibuster, then we will have to go beyond what I’m talking about.”
The Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, has said his party would adopt a “completely scorched-earth” response if Democrats were to eliminate the filibuster.
Make no mistake — the filibuster is on its way out. You don’t need a political science degree to call it. The rhetoric is there, and Democrats have the ability to make it happen.
America will soon be changed in ways in which we may not ever recover.
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