Saturday, February 26, 2005
Maureen Dowd's latest op-ed is here. In her latest diatribe against President Bush, Dowd writes about the checks and balances of democracy, and asserts that George Bush has somehow avoided them all and is unchecked. She writes:

Even the near absence of checks and balances is not enough for W. Not content with controlling the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court and a good chunk of the Fourth Estate, he goes to even more ludicrous lengths to avoid being challenged.

The White House wants its Republican allies in the Senate to stamp out the filibuster, one of the few weapons the handcuffed Democrats have left. They want to invoke the so-called nuclear option and get rid of the 150-year-old tradition in order to ram through more right-wing judges.

. . . . [Note my proper use of the ellipse by the way]

The president loves democracy - as long as democracy means he's always right.
Apparently Dowd forgets about the ultimate check -- the voters -- a majority of whom (not a mere plurality) just reelected Bush not 4 months ago. They reelected Bush even though the things Dowd mentions had previously happened.

Perhaps Dowd is the one who has an issue with democracy - that is when the people disagree with her.

As far as the filibuster, this is an undemocratic rule of the Senate that is not codified in the Constitution. It allows a fairly small minority (1/3 or 34 Senators historically, currently two-fifths or 40 Senators I believe - which is still a small minority given our two-party system) to block legislation that they are opposed to. Notably, the single most filibustered issue has been civil rights legislation. That's right Ms. Dowd, your friends in the South used this device you now seem to cherish so much to continue their oppression of minorities. What a tragedy it would be to see the filibuster removed from the Senate rules.

Oh that's right, Ms. Dowd only favors the filibuster when it helps her cause.
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