BTW, I wrote this several days ago, but I'm now on a pseudo-vacation and didn't have time to finish it. Needless to say, it'll end abruptly, as I don't feel like finishing it now.
RedState's Brian Darling
Senate Democrats are going to be working over the Christmas break to deliver a lump of coal to the American people in the form of a radical changing of the Senate’s rules. This is a naked power grab by liberals in the Senate pure and simple.That's right, we're going to return Senate rules back to Majority Rule. That's the horrible thing he's complaining about, the "lump of coal to the American people." Democrats are attempting to return the Senate as it was originally created; and these bozos are acting as if it's an assault on The American Way.
Republicans would be smart to fire back with a proposed rule to abolish the Senate Majority Leader’s power to block amendments to bills, create at 2/3rds supermajority before 2nd Amendment rights can be infringed and a 2/3rds supermajority before increasing the debt limit.
And his solution? For Republicans to demand specialer protections against gun laws that aren't under consideration, as well as one demanding that we make it easier for the government to go into default. Wow.
Extended Debate and Free Amendments
Even more hilarious, Darling writes:
Liberals are going to destroy the tradition of extended debate and a free amendment process in the Senate if they can pull off this procedural coup.Uhm, Darling? Republicans aren't using the filibuster to extend debate. They're using it to prevent any debate at all. This guy's got it completely backwards. And the complaint about "free amendments" is a joke, as again, they're just using it was a way of subverting the interests of the Senate.
After all, if Democrats have a simple majority, as they do on just about every item Obama wants, then they're going to win all the amendment votes that Republicans are throwing at them. And the only reason they're throwing in amendments is to slow down the process to kill it. They have no hope of winning, but they don't want to win. They want to stifle debate. It's all about obstructionism and the ability to stifle democracy.
And Darling's appeal to freedom is thrown completely on its ear. Darling is advocating against majority rules. That's what conservatives say. They talk about how wrong it is for Obama and Democrats to fix legislative rules that Republicans are abusing. They're advocating for red tape. They want it easier for the minority to tyrannize the majority.
And that's what a modern conservative talks about: Ranting about how Obama is destroying America by saving democracy.