Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, has been engaged in a filibuster on the Senate floor; he doesn’t like the Obama/GOP tax plan.
I may not agree with him, but I applaud the man getting up and actually going through with a filibuster. After watching numerous drama-free, procedural “declared filibusters” through the latter part of Bush’s presidency–actions that really meant, “we’re just obstructing and going home”–Sanders is putting his money where his mouth is (or, rather, putting his mouth where the money is) and taking a stand.
I say good on him!
Those who are snarking about it, or bemusedly looking on, should beware: This is an extremely powerful optic. People who have no idea what Sanders is talking about will start cheering him for the sheer novelty of a filibuster. Those who have romantic memories of Jimmy Stewart reading the Constitution and Paul’s Epistle to the Corinthians on the Senate floor will confer that same romance upon Sanders’ efforts. The press, always ripe for “something new” and on board with Sanders’ politics, will talk up his courage to make such a “heroic” stand.
Don’t laugh at this. Americans love the cowboy, and a filibuster is a cowboyesque optic: one man standing against all comers, attempting to stem what he views as a ruinous tide. This move by Sanders, if he sticks with it, may capture imaginations nor usually engaged; it could have wide repercussions.
Everyone who loves politics should wear the phrase “do not get cocky” on their wrists, and teach it to their children. Politics turns on a dime. That’s why two years is such a very, very long time.
:::After 8.5 hours, Sanders yields. I guess Clinton’s message got through. Missed opportunity for Dems to galvanize nation:::
Meanwhile: Bill Clinton appears to have taken over the presidency from a
weary bored in over his head Barack Obama, who said, “bite me, this job is hard; you take over! I’m gonna go shoot hoops with Reggie!”
This astonishing scene does draw attention away from the filibuster. And Clinton must know how bad it makes Obama look; Obama could not demonstrate that he’s not up to par any more clearly.
Satire is sometimes prophetic!
This is surreal and priceless; Clinton at the podium, pointing his finger, saying “I’m out of politics, now,” while defending Obama, who is demonstrating just how out of his depths he is, or–perhaps more correctly–that he just doesn’t have that “first class temperament” of legend.
If SNL tried to play this scenario for laughs, people would say it was too out there! This is like a politco-junkie’s longest, strangest trip, ever!
Ace is just stunned, and links to a picture taken by Jake Tapper. Go see.
Remember this playlet from 2008?. I wonder what promise Don Clinton extracted from Obama for today’s assist?
On second thought, it may have been a brilliant move to bring Clinton in–for the sake of easing the minds of his base–but it was not brilliant to leave the room with Clinton at the podium.
Either way, it seems to me that without Rahm at the helm, Obama has no one directing him.
Instapundit: “Help me Bubba-wan; you’re my only hope!
Allahpundit: Clinton is Apparently President Again
Bookworm: Something Very Weird is Going On in DC
Chris Matthews: Goes Full Drool
Ed Driscoll: has the best round-up!
Kim Priestap: wonders if Clinton will be Obama’s COO?
Iowahawk (prescient, from 2008): Obama Names Bill Clinton President
Well, touching on that, here is what I wrote just about a year ago:
I suspect that what Obama wanted was to be the King, not the President. The King’s role is largely ceremonial. In time of national tragedy the King goes before the camera and says, “this is very sad.” If he can assign blame on a perceived enemy he does so, and then he steps aside and retires to his amusements while those actually in charge clean up the mess and determine how to prevent future messes. Everyone loves the King, defers to the King, rushes to do for the King, but the King -who tends to get bored and distracted by the dry business of actually governing- is responsible for very little, and most are just as glad of it.
Best Comment: In this thread: “and they said Bush ‘lacked gravitas’?”
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