Republicans Try To Extend Filibuster Rules To Everyday Life
WASHINGTON, (The Global Edition)–Having had enormous success employing the Filibuster rules in the Senate, the Republican minority are seeing how far they can push their filibuster powers.
“I believe that we know what is best for the American people,” stated the Republican Senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, “and there are plenty of times when the best outcome is by ‘minority rules.’”
After the final round of the National Basketball Association playoffs in 2012, in which the Miami Heat beat the Oklahoma Thunder 4 games to 1, Senator Jim Imhoff, of Oklahoma announced that he planned to use the filibuster to block the final results.
Senator Imhoff, shortly after making the announcement was convinced to change his plans. Allegedly he received an e-mail from Miami Heat star, Lebron James, which read, “You can stuff that filibuster in a basket, before I stuff you.”
Perhaps the strangest threat is coming from a coalition of Southern Republican Senators, led by Ted Cruz of Texas. Senator Cruz recently wrote a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, warning them that “the South will not be humiliated again. If you have any intention of that film about that treasonous, Lincoln winning the award, I would think twice. We have more than the required 40 Senators prepared to block the movie from winning the award.”
By TGE correspondent Jello Marx