Bayh: Reform the Filibuster, and Consider Reconciliation

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...

Tags: Evan Bayh, health care reform, npr, Filibuster, Reconciliation (all tags)

Comments

7 Comments

wow

I'll confess to be very surprised.

But I'm with Digby, this has to really happen.Some Senators signing a letter and falling short of 50 would be pathetic.

 

by John DE 2010-02-18 06:36PM | 0 recs
RE: wow

Bayh was not oppossed to a PO, atleast not the one Reid included in his bill. Now granted he never spoke in favor of it, but he didn't hold HCR hostage to it or raise a huge fuss about it.

If Nelson/Linclon had taken the Bayh route HCR would have turned out much better IMO.

by vecky 2010-02-18 08:50PM | 0 recs
With bayh out

Ellsworth will be as good a switch as we can expect.

by Jerome Armstrong 2010-02-18 07:14PM | 0 recs
RE: With bayh out

Ellsworth will lose, and we will loose a House vote for HCR if he resigns to run.

The only person who has a chance of winning Bayhs seat is someone from state who runs on a campaign of "cleaning up DC". Coats afterall is from DC and Ellsworth, also from DC, will have a hard time making that charge against him.

by vecky 2010-02-18 08:54PM | 0 recs
RE: With bayh out

Ellsworth's only in his second term. He's hardly "from" DC. Coats, on the other hand, is a career pol who's taken to badmouthing Indiana. That's a race worth watching, hardly a foregone conclusion. Jerome's right, Sheriff Ellsworth is our best option.

by Nathan Empsall 2010-02-18 11:07PM | 0 recs
RE: With bayh out

Ummm OK... but is he any better than Bayh would be? Better than Coats for sure, but haven't we gotten more picky lately?

by vecky 2010-02-18 11:18PM | 0 recs
Yes, but when push comes to shove

liberals know they can't win with anyone else.

by ND22 2010-02-19 09:55AM | 0 recs

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