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Conservative bloggers like Senate Democrats’ filibuster proposal

Yesterday, I noted that the filibuster proposal presented by Senate Democrats didn’t look all that bad. It simply makes the minority party actually filibuster by taking to the floor and shut down the business of the body.

Some other other bloggers on the right, including Allahpundit at Hot Air, also like the idea. Over at National Review, Daniel Foster has probably the best post I’ve read on the debate over the filibuster:

There’s a lot to like there. I’ve long favored the “talking filibuster” model since it is a) the way the rule was originally designed and b) is a natural check on abuse. No major GOP filibuster of the last four years — think Obamacare — would have gone any differently under a talking filibuster; when the stakes are high enough the minority should be able to rouse a rotation of senators to hold the floor. The end of the filibuster on motions to proceed I’m more ambivalent about. There is certainly an element on commonsense logic here. But filibustering motions to proceed has long been a tool to force the majority to give the minority amendments as a condition for allowing debate to proceed (more on that below). I like that, and I favor a slow Senate in general, just not a glacial one. I’d have to think more about the balance here. Same goes for the limitation on post-cloture debate for nominees.

Making holds transparent just seems like an undeniably good idea, and I suspect it would get broad bipartisan support if brought up as a standalone.

Rasmussen: Watch West Virginia

On Friday, I posted a poll from West Virginia showing John Raese within five points of Gov. Joe Machin in the race for United States Senate. In an interview with Jim Geraghty at the National Review, pollster Scott Rasmussen senses that this race one to watch between now and November:

GERAGHTY: Any under-the-radar race you’re keeping your eye on? Any upset special?

RASMUSSEN: The race that I would potentially put in that category right now is the West Virginia Senate race. We have one poll out showing it a very competitive race. It’s clear that President Obama is not a welcome figure in West Virginia politics. But [Democratic nominee] Joe Manchin is so popular as governor that it was thought to be a safe seat. So that’s a potential upset special.

Manchin’s popularity may be what saves him in the end, but as I noted on Friday, Raese is going to tie him to President Barack Obama, who is enormously unpopular in West Virginia, as much as he can over the next two months.

Where Do Libertarians Belong?

Cato Institute Vice President Brink Lindsey, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe, and Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online and the American Enterprise Institute discuss the issue of where the libertarian movement best fits in politically:

Conservatives Finally Admit That Terrorism Has Root Causes

An interesting point over at The Corner in an analysis of the Chechen situation:

After all, it is impossible to imagine a harsher and more brutal treatment than the one Moscow and its henchmen have been inflicting on the local populace for the past decade. In just one example, Putin’s enforcer in Chechnya is one Ramzan Kadyrov, a semi-literate thug, whose main qualification seems to be his professed wish “to die a 100 times for Putin.” Kadyrov and his private band of cutthroats rule Chechnya like a feudal fiefdom in which kidnapping, rape, torture, and murder of suspected opponents are commonplace and in which people who dare expose Kremlin’s puppet are at greater risk than the terrorists themselves, as the recent murders of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, and lawyer Stanislav Markelov testify.

None of this would have been possible without the direct support of the Kremlin, and therein lies the final and most important root cause. It is to be found in the undemocratic and politically oppressive regime, the predatory nexus between the interests of business oligarchs and the Kremlin and the corrupt law enforcement apparatus that is more adept at being a political police than in dealing with terrorists. A root cause many call Vladimir Putin.

But I thought that Islamic terrorists only attacked because they hate the West and want to spread Islamic fundamentalism throughout the world?

Doug Bandow asks:

Gee, is it just possible that a few Muslims somewhere might feel the same way about America’s wars, Israeli treatment of of Palestinians after decades of occupation, U.S. support for Arab dictators, and the like?

Roger Ailes Talks Obama, Fox and Nixon

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In an episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson talks with Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Jonah Goldberg: We’re Sacrificing Economic Liberty for Economic Security

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Reason magazine editor Michael C. Moynihan and National Review editor Jonah Goldberg talk about governmental expansion of the American economy on Glenn Beck’s show.

Conservatives Can Be Just As Depressing As Liberals

John Derbyshire wrote a great article in a recent issue of the National Review in which he skewers the study by New York University on “The Palliative Function of Conservative Ideology.” The findings, which have been made much to do of (along with findings that conservatives give more in philanthropic donations than liberals), generally make the assumption that conservatives are living in a world of false happiness due to their alleged disconcern over social inequality.

Whatever the findings, I have a hard time swallowing this. In the modern political vernacular, I am a conservative (even if I have not voted for the Republican presidential candidate in the last two rounds, which is a story unto itself). I also range from being a very humorous to a very gloomy person.

From Exuberance to Skepticism

A quiet scattering of Republicans have begun to express concern about the ability of the party “messiah”, Sarah Palin, to counter the one major sticking criticism - her lack of knowledge of policy issues or at least the ability to articulate them effectively when the spotlight is on. Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker has publicly said Palin should step aside. National Review editor Kathryn Jean Lopez last friday, while not going as far as Kathleen, did express sympathy to the idea and said in response to Palin, “something’s gotta change.”

Christopher Buckley: A Conservative for Obama

The son of William F. Buckley supports Obama.

During an interview on the San Francisco NPR station KQED’s program “Forum,” author Christopher Buckley, the son of National Review founder William F. Buckley, said he is likely to vote for Obama. Pointing out that Obama is “left wing,” while he is a conservative, he stated that with the current economic turmoil President Bush is looking like “Herbert Hoover 2” and that McCain would be a continuation of Bush Administration policies.

Mark Steyn Scorches Palin Critics

After taking two months off, Mark Steyn, arguably the wittiest conservative writer around, returned to blogging over at National Review. It’s clear now why he was missed:

I would like to thank the US media for doing such a grand job this last week of lowering expectations by portraying Governor Palin - whoops, I mean Hick-Burg Mayor Palin - as a hillbilly know-nothing permapregnant ditz, half of whose 27 kids are the spawn of a stump-toothed uncle who hasn’t worked since he was an extra in Deliverance.

How’s that narrative holding up, geniuses? Almost as good as your “devoted husband John Edwards” routine?


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