At one time the House of Representatives had it’s own brand of
filibuster called the “The Silent Quorum.” On January 29, 1890 Rep
Thomas B. Reed of Maine, the Speaker of the House, began his tough
but successful effort to rid the chamber of the notorious
“disappearing quorum.” If you read the story and substitute the
Senate and assorted Senators names, the story becomes eerily
familiar in the context of the judicial filibuster. Today the House
of Representatives is governed by Reed’s Rules. If Bill Frist wants
a legacy, he should look to Thomas B. Reed for guidance. For those
not familiar with this, Rush read it on the air on May 11 and it
can be found on Internet searches and at
. I have been e-mailing this story out for
months. It needs to get heard.
One hopes that Mr. Tyrrell’s prescient observation on the resolve
of Senate Republicans to finally end this unconstitutional
filibuster of judicial nominees will at last come to pass. However,
as I and other readers have opined, our optimism is tempered by
past perfidy on the part of the Senate Republicans’ stable of
presidential wannabes and gadflies. As if this wasn’t enough to
give us the jitters, now on the eve of this historic vote comes Ken
Starr to offer an inane theory on Senate functionality. This former
appellate court judge fails to comprehend the essence of Mr.
Tyrrell’s brilliant piece and has fallen for the Orwellian rhetoric
of the Democrats. If Judge Starr is atwitter over arcane Senate
rules and parliamentary power plays as opposed to the Constitution,
then praytell, why is he not upset over the fact that the
filibuster is not being properly exercised? If Judge Starr wants
harmonic balance brought back to the Senate, then it’s time for the
Senate to engage in a good old fashioned 24/7 marathon until the
last senator drops. Mr. Tyrrell, if indeed you are correct and the
judicial logjam is finally broken, dinner at your favorite D.C.
restaurant is on me.
A. DiPentima, Esq.