The Coalition Manifesto

Submitted for your approval, but if you don’t like it, read the last sentence…

Whereas we, the Coalition of the Chillin’, think a lot of people are having a cow over this filibuster deal, we submit the following to our fellow Republicans, and Americans of other political stripes:

  • it’s sometimes better to settle things in a bipartisan manner;
  • we’re getting up and down votes on three very controversial appointees, and that’s three more than we had before this deal;
  • the Republicans may want the filibuster preserved somewhere down the line;
  • the media and the Democrats would have clubbed us to death if we went nuclear, and we don’t want a repeat of the ’98 midterms; and most importantly,
  • Frodo and Bilbo both could have killed Gollum, but didn’t, and he ended up destroying the One Ring, proving for all eternity that restraint can be a very good thing, indeed.

However, being that we are, by definition, kind of chillin’, any of us, jointly or separately, preserves the right to filibuster any of these points as long as we don’t make an ‘extraordinary’ fuss about it.

The Coalition…

Oh, and welcome to our newest members, Stephen from the Politburo Diktat, our good friend Suzanne, Daniel from Bloggledygook, the Country Pundit, and wavemaker

13 comments to The Coalition Manifesto

  • Wes

    elections don’t matter; we just want a compromised consensus of 100 people, for the most part, in office for life.

  • Exactly. And I admit my initial reaction was not to chill, but the more I read and think, the more I believe that is indeed the right reaction.

  • Explain to me exactly what was “settled in a bipartisan manner”. Dems retain the filibuster, by the simple caveat of calling any judicial nominee “extreme”, Repubs show themselves incapable of taking advantage of a 55-44 majority over the Dems, Dems get to claim the “moral high ground”, McCain undercuts the President…

    I could go on, but the only thing else I need to say is: cloture vote on Bolton (admittedly not a “judicial” nominee, but still…): it’s filibuster time all over again.

  • Hey, I pity the fool (wait, I’m starting to sound like Mr. T)…

  • too many steves

    I don’t have a blog but would willingly join the ranks of the chllin’, even if it is only from the view of a commenter.

    The peanut is moving forward (on nominations) and I don’t see how the Republicans have sacrificed anything, really, in the process other than the speculation that two of the nominees will be dumped.

    Compromise can be good – but you have to allow it to be so first.

  • I would like to join the coalition! I have been rather surprised by the hysterics.

    It’s a great idea, by the way.

  • Jeff, it’s tempting to recant after Bolton…but as you admit yourself, it’s a whole ‘nother issue. Bolton would have happened either way.

    To me, the bottom line is I don’t want another 1998, where the Republicans overreached and alienated the electorate…

  • MaxedOutMama, hold tight, we’ll get you on the blogroll very soon!…

  • Remember that both Bilbo and Frodo were motivated out of pity for the wretched Gollum. Might we not look on Harry Reid in the same way?

  • Well, when Myers or Saad are filibustered I’ll be willing to scream the sky might be falling a bit. But until then it seems we should chill and see what transpires.

  • [...] At this far remove, it is indeed somewhat shocking to recall the vilification of the Republican members of the Gang – and somewhat amusing (I hope) to read over the ‘manifesto’ I composed: Whereas we, the Coalition of the Chillin’, think a lot of people are having a cow over this filibuster deal, we submit the following to our fellow Republicans, and Americans of other political stripes: [...]

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