Democratic refugees from Indiana and Wisconsin are still settled in Illinois last I checked. They are still being lambasted by their Republican colleagues back home and Fox News pundits.
But, right or wrong, aren’t the Dems just doing what Republicans in the U.S. Senate have done for years, except on a larger, more visible scale? I’m talking about the fine tradition of the filibuster that we all learned about from Jimmy Stewart. You remember how he stood and talked and stood and talked in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington until he couldn’t do it any more.
Filibusters in the U.S. Senate these days are a lot more wimpy and a lost less dramatic. A Senator simply announces the filibuster and that’s it, other than that the bill under consideration can’t proceed until the Senator says so.
Senates in this country have tradition of “consensus” as opposed to the lower chambers’ majority rules approach to lawmaking. When one or the other party has a majority and could otherwise ramrod their bills, the filibuster serves to slow them down and force them to compromise with the minority. Ask any Republican and any Fox pundit – they’ll tell you I’m right and that the filibuster is a time honored mechanism to protect the rights of the minority. Except of course in Indiana and Wisconsin.
I haven’t taken the time to find out; but, I gather that the rules in Indiana and Wisconsin don’t provide for filibusters. But aren’t the Midwest Democratic politicians just doing the same thing, and doing it in the old fashioned dramatic mode popularized by Jimmy Stewart?