Cur­rent rules hurt only GOP

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

The GOP should take ad­van­tage of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s prom­ise to fil­i­buster the Gor­such Supreme Court nom­i­na­tion (“Gird­ing Repub­li­can Loins for the War,” Web, March 30). They should go be­yond the Schumer in­vi­ta­tion to cre­ate an­other fil­i­buster ex­cep­tion for Supreme Court picks. Al­ready go­ing “nu­clear” to do just this, why not go nu­clear on the fil­i­buster rule al­to­gether? Left in place, the ex­ist­ing fil­i­buster rule will surely be em­ployed by the par­ti­san Democrats to de­feat the up­com­ing leg­is­la­tion to re­build de­fense, re­order bud­get pri­or­i­ties and make gov­ern­ment more ef­fi­cient.

The Repub­li­can Se­nate tra­di­tion­al­ists should get with the times. The sad re­al­ity is that the Se­nate Democrats, once back in con­trol and the first to go nu­clear, can be ex­pected to do it over and over again to get their stuff through the Se­nate. Se­nate Repub­li­can lead­ers should rec­og­nize that the cur­rent fil­i­buster rule ex­ists only to be used against Repub­li­can ini­tia­tives.

JAMES K. JEANBLANC Arlington

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