Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Why the Senate is Broken

An amazing video. Best explination on this topic I've ever seen (via Boing Boing)

Filibustery: Episode One from Newsbound on Vimeo.


  1. something they don't cover.
    Why can't the majority leader (or other majority member) in the middle of the constant parade of 2-3 minority members holding the floor and the rest absent, hold a cloture vote? With enough majority members to hold quorum, and the supposed absence of most minority members (hence the low cost to them), wouldn't cloture be nearly a given? Why doesn't the minority need a >1/3 presence in the chamber at all times during a live filibuster to deny cloture and prevent a vote? The cloture vote has to be the first tactic, and can't be used after the start of a live filibuster? Or is it required that it's announced far enough in advance that everyone would just come back?

  2. fuck, i hate politics