The Men Who Stall on Votes

  • Aired:  12/03/12
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This nation's most reasoned and revered a**holes debate reforming the filibuster. (3:54)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW.

AS WE ALL KNOW, OF OUR CONGRESS' TWO HOUSES THE LOWER HOUSE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS A

DUMPING GROUND FOR MORONS AT WHICH ANY [BLEEP] CAN GET ELECTED.

TO GET ELECTEDDED TO THE UPPER HOUSE YOU HAVE TO BE AMONG THIS NATION'S MOST REASONED AND

REVERED [BLEEP].

WHO KEEP VOTING YEAR AFTER YEAR TO CONTINUE WHAT ARE KNOWN AS THE RULES OF THE SENATE.

>> YOU KNOW THAT ONE FRIEND WHO JUST WON'T LET YOU GET A WORD IN EDGEWISE?

WELL, THE U.S. SENATE HAS A FRIEND LIKE THAT.

HIS NAME IS FILIBUSTER.

>> Jon: YOU KNOW THAT ONE FRIEND WHO COMES TO WHERE YOU LIVE AND REARRANGES YOUR STUFF?

GERRYMANDER.

ALL RIGHT.

SO THE PROBLEM IS THE FILIBUSTER WHERE AS FEW AS 41 SENATORS CAN STOP ANY BILL DEAD IN ITS TRACK.

>> ACCEPT AT MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID IS PROPOSING CHANGES TO THE FILIBUSTER THAT MIGHT

MAKE THE SENATE LESS DYSFUNCTIONAL

>> Jon: THAT'S ACTUALLY VERY EASY.

YOU COULD THE THAT WITH ALMOST ANYTHING.

MAKE IT SO THAT ONLY HUNGRY KINDERGARTENERS AND OVULATING CATS COULD BE SENATORS.

THAT WOULD MAKE IT LESS DYSFUNCTIONAL.

I'M SORRY WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE FILIBUSTER

>> ONE OF REED'S IDEAS IS TO REINSTATE THE TALKING FILIBUSTER THE OLD PRINCIPLE IF YOU WANT TO

FILIBUSTER YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO STAND ON THE FLOOR FOR HOURS TO MAKE YOUR CASE.

>> Jon: YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT NOW?

YOU GET TO FILIBUSTER NOW WITHOUT FILIBUSTERING?

THAT'S LIKE SAYING WE'RE GOING TO GO ON A HUNGER STRIKE WITH A MOUTHFUL OF CHEESE BURGERS.

THEY USED TO READ SONG LYRICS FOR 13 HOURS.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO SOLVE THE BUSINESS FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY YOU BETTER BE WILLING TO MAKE AN

[BLEEP] OUT OF YOURSELF DOING IT.

HARRY REID IS TRYING TO FIX THIS MESS

>> WHAT THESE DEMOCRATS HAVE IN MIND IS A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE TO THE WAY THE SENATE OPERATES FOR

THE PURPOSE OF CONSOLIDATING THEIR OWN POWER.

I IMPLORE MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES TO OPPOSE THIS NAKED POWER GRAB

>> Jon: WHEN YOU PUT IT THAT WAY.

NOBODY WANTS TO SEE HARRY REID'S NAKED POWER GRAB.

THAT'S FOR SURE.

CHANGE IT.

CHANGE IT!

WHAT?

OH, HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO MITCH McCONNELL TO BLOCK THIS RULE CHANGE?

IT EMANATES FROM THE VERY CORE OF HIS PRINCIPLES

>> UNTIL NOW YOU COULD SAY THAT PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF A POLITICAL MINORITY HAVE BEEN THE

DEFINING CHARACTERISTIC OF THE SENATE.

FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS MANY OF US ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE HAVE RAISED LOUD OBJECTIONS TO

THE DIMINISHED RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY.

>> Jon: YES, YES, YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD THAT WRONG.

HE WAS SAYING THE DIMINISHED RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY.

HE'S FIGHTING FOR THE MINORITY.

AS IN SENATE REPUBLICANS.

NOT ACTUAL MINORITIES BECAUSE

[BLEEP] THOSE PEOPLE.

NOW OF COURSE WE COULD SHOW YOU DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TAKING OPPOSITE POSITIONS ON FILIBUSTER

REFORM WHEN THEIR ROLES WERE REVERSED SEVEN YEARS AGO.

THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT THIS I ACTUALLY DON'T UNDERSTAND.

IF THE REPUBLICANS CAN FILIBUSTER ANYTHING THE DEMOCRATS PROPOSE, THEN HOW CAN THE DEMOCRATS REFORM THE

FILIBUSTER WITHOUT BEING FILIBUSTERED?

>> DEMOCRATS HAVE SAID THEY WON'T MOVE FORWARD ON ANY CHANGES BEFORE JANUARY.

WHEN THE 113th CONGRESS BEGINS.

AT THAT POINT, UNDER CONDITIONS THAT ONLY APPLY ON THE FIRST DAY OF A NEW SESSION, THEY COULD

ALTER THE SENATE RULES BY A SIMPLE MAJORITY.

>> Jon: JUST MAKE [BLEEP] UP.

WHAT KIND OF RULE IS THAT?

WE CAN'T DO IT EXCEPT ON THE FIRST DAY OF A NEW SESSION WHEN JUPITER ALIGN WITH MARS AND THE

GIRL SENATORS GET TO ASK THE BOY SENATORS TO THE DANCE.

CRAZY RULES LIKE THESE GET IN THE WAY, HOW DO YOU EXPECT ANYTHING TO GET DONE?

>> THE SENATE WAS NOT ESTABLISHED TO BE EFFICIENT

>> Jon: MISSION [BLEEP]

ACCOMPLISHED.

WE'LL BE RIGHT

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