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Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich says that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is destroying the Senate and by extension, the American government.
Reich makes his case in an article for the left-wing Guardian outlet. In it Reich focuses on democracy and “democratic norms” and falsely claims McConnell is set to do away with all that.
Reich - McConnell - Suspension - Filibuster - Rules
What gets Reich all riled up over McConnell is his suspension of filibuster rules regarding judicial nominations, a.k.a., the “nuclear option.” That is to say, when a majority vote in favor of a nomination is cast, the minority party won’t be able to filibuster the vote ensuring affirmation by democratic means.
So lets sum up Reich’s claim. McConnell will destroy the Senate by making it more democratic. In all democratic bodies in the universe, the US Senate is set apart from the rest where the majority vote doesn’t count due to a minority filibuster. Is that really democratic?
Reich - Hyperbole - Person - Memory - Functioning
Reich reaches for high hyperbole by saying, “No person has done more in living memory to undermine the functioning of the US government than the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell….McConnell is actively and willfully destroying the Senate.” The filibuster is not a built-in feature of the US Senate and the body got along without it for most of its history. Yet to...
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