Letter: Sensible Advice From Obama
To the Editor:
It was very interesting to read in the Wall Street Journal a passage from a speech given by then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2005 on the subject of the “nuclear option” to change the filibuster rule. Obama noted that Americans expect their elected representatives to have vigorous debates, but to eventually work together to find a principled compromise.
“What they do not expect is for one party, be it Republican or Democrat, to change the rules in the middle of the game so they can make all the decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet,” he said. “The American people want less partisanship in this town, but everyone in this chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster, if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate, then the fighting, the bitterness, and the gridlock will only get worse.”
I think this a very good and sensible statement of the problem and can only conclude that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was not listening that day.