WASHINGTON — Former Sen. Norm Coleman on Thursday blasted Sens. Tom Udall, Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken and others who hope to change the Senate’s filibuster rules by majority vote in the coming weeks, saying the reform-minded Dems “are eager to muzzle the minority.”
The comments came in an op-ed for the conservative National Review, in which Coleman and co-author Martin Gold, an attorney and former counsel for several GOP senators, blasted plans to change the Senate’s rules using the Mondale plan. That would see the Senate approve new rules using a simple majority vote (as outlined here), as opposed to the usual 2/3 rule. Both Klobuchar and Franken have introduced legislation to amend the Senate’s filibuster rules, and support using the Mondale method to do it.
Coleman also took a dig at Democratic claims the Senate is broken, using their own words against them, while warning Democrats that their present actions may come back to haunt them later.
“We marvel at the argument that the Senate is broken and extraordinary steps are needed to fix it. After all, Senator Reid recently pronounced the outgoing Congress “the most productive Congress in the history of the country.” President Obama and Speaker Pelosi have similarly characterized it”
“In January 2010, after the Democrats rammed the health-care legislation through with a 60-vote majority, the voters of Massachusetts ended that filibuster-proof capability by electing Scott Brown. In November, voters again rejected the Democrats’ agenda in both the House and the Senate. The current effort to change the filibuster rules reeks of election nullification and should be rejected. If the Democrats lose their Senate majority in 2012, they will be thankful that precedent and common sense prevailed in deciding how Senate rules are amended.”
Read the whole thing here.