pictured: Ben Nelson hearts the filibuster.

If you were hoping that the Democrats in the Senate would do something about the Republicans’ unprecedented abuse of the filibuster, you can forget it.

Senior Democrats say Reid will not have the votes to change the rule at the beginning of next year.

“It won’t happen,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who said she would “probably not” support an effort to lower the number of votes needed to cut off filibusters from 60 to 55 or lower.

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) echoed Feinstein: “I think we should retain the same policies that we have instead of lowering it.

“I think it has been working,” he said.


The Republicans successfully blocked unemployment benefits for months, were able to water down the stimulus, and have essentially killed cap and trade, the Disclose Act, card check and any sort of immigration reform.

That’s all working for you, eh Sen. Akaka?

Oh well, at least one other Democrat is happy with things as they are.

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who is up for reelection in 2012, also said he would like the votes needed for cloture to remain the same.

“I’m not one who think it needs to be changed,” he said.

‘Nuff said.

Blue Texan

Blue Texan