Bayh: Reform the Filibuster, and Consider Reconciliation
by Nathan Empsall, Thu Feb 18, 2010 at 06:12:56 PM EST
I sure hope we can hold his Senate seat, but at least Evan Bayh's going out with a bang. I've never liked him and always thought he was more about political posturing than actual policy, but I found myself agreeing with almost every word he had to say on NPR's All Things Considered this afternoon.
Among other things, Bayh said that Senate cloture rules should be reformed, suggesting that perhaps the 60-vote threshold should be lowered to 55 and that filibustering Senators should be forced to truly filibuster, ala Strom Thurmond or Jimmy Stewart.
In a more surprising move, Bayh also said that while he is troubled by the idea of making partisanship even worse, health care reform might matter more, and that he will consider using budget reconciliation to pass it. He wouldn't commit to the move, but did bring it up on his own without being asked about it first. Maybe we'll get some good days out of Bayh yet.
I'll post the transcript once NPR does. I'm having trouble embedding their media player...