The most important political event of 2011 could occur on Wednesday — if Senate Democrats find the courage to reform the filibuster rule. Here’s the deal:
It requires no intelligence, experience or scruples to get elected as a Republican these days. All one need do is regurgitate ad nauseam a mindless slogan about tax cuts, “out-of-control spending” and freedom. A genetically altered chimpanzee capable of such an act would be indistinguishable from Senator Tom Coburn. Neither of them has any interest in government.
As it stands now, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can simply threaten a filibuster and block legislation. He and his goons never have to flesh out their anti-social views on the floor. Lucky for them. Most voters would be repulsed.
A simple rule change requiring senators to actually stand up and filibuster will go a long way toward exposing Republicans as the brain-dead charlatans and corporate errand boys we know them to be.
Lord knows President Obama hasn’t felt the need to call them out.