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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome Sen. Dianne Feinstein – the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee – saying she opposes ending the legislative filibuster. Without killing the filibuster, Democrats would be unable to add seats to the Supreme Court, but is Feinstein sincere or is she just worried about touting court packing before the election? They also brace for a violent day or more in Louisville as officials announce whether police officers will face charges for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in March. And they unload on media outlets for not only beginning to attack possible Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett but for getting the story spectacularly wrong.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the exit of Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel, revealing he was never really running in the first place. They also push back strongly against Joe Biden’s assertion that white supremacists are winning the culture war. And they have plenty to say after Pete Buttigieg claims the Senate filibuster must be scrapped because it stopped a background check bill from passing in 2013.

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We often hear the word “filibuster” in connection with legislative action, but the word also has other meanings. It started as a term for pirates. In the 1850’s it was additionally applied to military adventurers who were taking over small Central American countries, like William Walker. Now, Walker rather spoiled it for the rest of us citizens of the United States of America. Because of his actions, Congress and the President made it illegal for Americans to go about taking over small countries. Apparently, having one’s citizens do that sort of thing can interfere with foreign relations and commerce. Way to go, Walker. Way to go.

I do not do very well in temperature extremes. Many say that with hotter weather one can always take off more clothing. When one has a body like mine, that’s not a practical idea. This physique needs to be covered. The more, the better. During the summer, I wear a short sleeve shirt with my long pants. But that’s as far as I’m accommodating the heat for fear of scaring the horses or blinding passersby. If it’s above 80°F, I’m probably staying inside. In winter, I can always throw on more clothing. The problem is that I seem to have a few lung issues. If it gets below freezing, I have to ensure air is pre-warmed through a scarf or other device before I breathe it. That means that if it’s much below 40°F, I probably have to bundle up more than I’d prefer.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America review Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 30 years on the Supreme Court and anticipate President Trump’s second opportunity to nominate a justice to the nation’s highest court. They then laugh at the hysterics of Chuck Schumer and other Democrats following Kennedy’s retirement. They also look at a report that suggests both Democrats and Republicans tend to stereotype the other side and are wildly inaccurate.

This week on Banter, James Wallner and Peter Hanson joined the show to discuss the possibility and repercussions of reforming or abolishing the Senate filibuster. Wallner is a senior fellow of the R Street Institute whose research focuses on Congress, particularly the Senate. Hanson is an assistant professor of political science at Grinnell College who specializes in American politics and constitutional law. Both participated in an event at AEI debating the use of the Senate filibuster as a means of fostering deliberation.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching Hillary Clinton remain immersed in her state of denial, as Hillary takes responsibility for losing to Donald Trump but seems to blame everyone else. They also react to Pres. Trump tweeting about nuking the legislative filibuster and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying it’s not going to happen. And they’re almost speechless as the Democrat running for Congress in Montana invites skeptics of the liberal line on climate change to go into their garages and start their cars.

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Back in February 2010, the Democrats held a majority of seats on the US House. Immediately following the Scott Brown’s upset victory in the US Senate race in Massachusetts’ special election, the Democrats held a 59 to 41 majority in the Senate. With Barack Obama in the White House, the senate filibuster was the only piece of […]

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The Senate deploys the nuclear option. In tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal (online now), my old friend Sai Prakash and I defend the constitutionality of the Senate’s decision to end the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. We conclude: “Senators should stop worrying and learn to love the nuclear option.”

Democrats are crying foul, and Republican “institutionalists” have been expressing their regrets. The Democrats had every right to try a filibuster, a political tool with deep Senate roots. But the Republicans also had every right to abolish the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations. In 2013, Democrats under the leadership of Harry Reid made the same change with respect to all other appointments.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America point out that even the liberal editorial board at USA Today is telling Democrats that filibustering Neil Gorsuch is a bad idea against an obviously qualified jurist. They also shudder as apparent terrorist attacks kill and injure metro passengers in St. Petersburg, Russia. And they react to former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice reportedly being the one to request the “unmasking” of Trump officials incidentally caught up in government surveillance.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Defense Secretary Jim Mattis for doing his best to limit civilian casualties while explaining that are often unavoidable in wartime as the U.S. dramatically ramps up the military action against ISIS. They also discuss how Democrats are boxing themselves into a corner by trying to filibuster Neil Gorsuch – a move that could lead to rule changes that make the Democrats powerless to stop anything. And they react to Pres. Trump telling senators a deal on health care legislation will be “easy.”

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It seems fairly obvious to me that the next time Democrats get into power they are more likely than not going to eliminate the filibuster completely. After all, their base will demand that the illegitimate Trump administration is negated completely, and there will be no action that is outside the realm of legitimacy.

My proposal would probably only last until the Democrats regain power, so in that respect the rational is more aspirational than practical, but here is the logic. It seems to me that if one is really for limited government, it should be much easier to get rid of legislation than it is to create it. This could have been done Constitutionally by creating something like a Congress of Repeal, who’s elected members only power is to repeal legislation, so instead of being a bunch of Lawmakers who feel their job is to make new laws (and thereby erode our liberties), these would be Laweliminators.

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It’s being reported that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced that the Democrats will invoke a filibuster that would force the Republicans to earn 60 votes to end debate and allow a vote on the Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court. This is somewhat incredible when you think about it. Today is the fourth […]

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We are always told of the filibuster’s supreme importance for the safeguarding of liberty against mob rule by whichever political party is at that particular time serving in the minority in the US Senate. The Senate is a cooling saucer, so we are told. Our founding fathers so distrusted democracy that they believed no issue […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the fairly easy road to confirmation for the Trump cabinet thanks to Harry Reid’s nuclear option. They also groan as the New York Times reports Pres. Obama plans to break from tradition and be a very vocal ex-president to keep the heat on Trump. And they discuss the Hamilton kerfuffle and how only Pence ends up looking good.

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To quote the lame duck president, “I won — you lost.” If elections have meaning, then they have consequences. The most immediate of those should be enactment of the policies the winning party campaigned for and the people of the nation gave consent to with their votes. There’s only one problem with this: the filibuster. […]

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I don’t know about you, but I’m still steaming about the Omnibus. Today I read “The Omnibus Dilemma” by Liam Donovan which blames the debacle on factors other than dark conspiracies among “the Establishment”. He mentions the failure of the spending hawks in the House to engage the negotiation process, but he puts the main […]

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Frustration with the Democratic filibusters has sparked a new debate among GOP lawmakers over whether to use the nuclear option to eliminate the legislative stalling tactic. That’s unlikely to happen, given that McConnell and even conservative firebrands such as Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) believe it is an important safeguard of minority rights. Read more […]

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I certainly expect there are people here who agree and those who disagree with Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster today. So, please… discuss. Preview Open

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