Sunday, April 09, 2017

No Defense For History

When you've lost Tom Daschle:
“Today is just amazing the symmetry that exists between those who believe that it’s wrong today but to believe in doing it before it’s…what I would I fear the most is a lack of respect and appreciation of the institution itself,” Daschle said.

He continued:

Unfortunately, Democrats have far dirtier hands when it comes to the erosion of the institutional pillars of the Senate than Republicans going all the way back to–you know, they used to do filibusters in the House and the Senate. And the Senate the House took them away in the 1830s, and the Senate began taking them away under Woodrow Wilson in 1917–then getting rid of the talking filibuster in the 70s–and then the whole budget process was a Democratic product, and that was in my view a procedural disaster.

Daschle added, “Then we lowered the threshold from 67 to 60. That was a Democratic effort. And then in 2013, we took it away completely for nominations and that was Democratic. So, Democrats who may lament this institutional deterioration, I think there’s a lot of history here that can’t be explained away.”
History that the Democrats seem all too willing to forget...

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