Rachel talks to Barbara Boxer about the stimulus bill and the need to get Republicans on board with their votes. Why any of these Democratic Senators all continue to cave any time the Republicans say they want to filibuster and don't actually make them filibuster and break out the cots and diapers is beyond me and her explanation here didn't cut it for me for the most part.
I can understand on this particular bill and them wanting to get it through quickly why they chose not to do it this time, but if the Democrats don't start showing that their spine has not been completely removed and make the GOP have a real filibuster on issues they really care about, they are hopeless and determined to lose at a game the other party cares more about winning than the future of this country and whether we get out of this economic crisis or not without another depression. Harry Reid has made it a way too regular event to give every time the Repulicans sneeze and threaten to filibuster anything and it needs to stop.
Barbara Boxer in her describing to Rachel how the Senate works just confirms my notions that it's an elite club where all of them think a little too highly of themselves and of each other and not enough of the jobs they were sent there to do and the people they're supposed to represent. I like Barbara Boxer and still do for the most part as far as her policy positions go, but when she went all out for Joe Lieberman when he was running against Ned Lamont she lost every ounce of respect I used to have for her.
I'd just say to Sen. Boxer that if Dick Cheney and the Republicans were willing to blow up the Senate rules for what they wanted passed, the Democrats ought to think about threatening it if the screaming banshees on the other side don't want to calm down a bit. They were ready for it with Cheney as their deciding vote. I say turn around is fair play.