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Democracy Isn’t Worth It If Senators Can’t Be Good Buddies


Shorter Bobo: Having the Senate run like every pretty much every other democratic legislature in the world would be like genocide.    Now, when pro-apartheid southern Senators ran everything and everyone went out for drinks in a nice bipartisan fashion, those were the days!

…see also Chait, Benen, and (without endorsing his evaluation of the bill on the merits) Taibbi. And Yglesias.

…And Klein. Given the extent to which Republicans in and out of the media have pretended that using reconciliation for Bush’s upper-class tax cuts was different because the legislation was “bipartisan,” this point is especially important:

Nor has reconciliation been limited to bills with “significant bipartisan support.” To use Brooks’s example of the tax cuts, the 2003 tax cuts passed the Senate 50-50, with Dick Cheney casting the tie-breaking vote. Two Democrats joined with the Republicans in that effort. Georgia’s Zell Miller, who would endorse George W. Bush in 2004 and effectively leave the Democratic Party, and Nebraska’s Ben Nelson. So I’d say that’s one Democrat. One Democrat alongside 49 Republicans. That’s not significant bipartisan support.

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  • John

    I still don’t like conflating Jim Crow with Apartheid. Apartheid was a far more extreme policy than Jim Crow ever was – South Africa already had a Jim Crow-like system in place before Apartheid was even instituted.

    I understand hating on segregationist Southerners – they sucked. But using the term “Apartheid” to refer to the system obfuscates things.

  • cpinva

    apparently mr. brooks isn’t familiar with the republican of the species; born with no sense of sympathy, empathy or a moral code. it is utterly shameless, when caught violating the group standards. it will lie, cheat and steal to get what it wants, everyone else be damned.

    oh, wait, those are the village idiots!

  • Bart

    I don’t know, John. A couple of years ago a book came out that documented the southern system of enforced bondage that lasted up to and beyond WWII, in which local judges signed over blacks to local whites for work, sometime for decades. This was based on baseless charges of some minor infraction or other. The blacks would be caught in an endless loop of never being able to pay off their so-called debt to society.

  • Hogan

    No no, the purpose of the Senate is to allow rich white guys to enjoy each other’s company. It’s right there in the Constitution.

  • Sophist

    Alternate shorter Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo: I don’t actually understand how sympathy works or what it is. Allow me to demonstrate.

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  • Alternate even shorter Booboo: If Democrats won’t continue to be the Republicans’ co-dependent insignificant others I shall sulk.

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