PostPartisan: Senate


Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/18/2014

The Insiders: Following the money as Democrats celebrate 1st-quarter fundraising advantage

Democrats may have a fundraising advantage, but they still have to overcome the problems caused by an unpopular president.

By Ed Rogers  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaign fundraising, election 2014, georgia, kentucky, Obamacare, senate race, The Insiders

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 04/15/2014

Will Senate incumbents be able to withstand change?

It isn’t clear whether Democratic incumbents will be able to triumph over voters’ punishing mood.

By Carter Eskew  |  12:40 PM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, incumbents, Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, US Senate

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 03/11/2014

The Insiders: The Democrats’ disconnect on global warming

Just who were the Democrats trying to reach with their talk-a-thon on climate change?

By Ed Rogers  |  12:08 PM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Climate Change, Democrats, global warming, secretary kerry, senate democrats, The Insiders

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 03/06/2014

The Insiders: Get ready for the Obamacare ‘Big Punt’

Look for the White House to bite the bullet and announce a delay in the individual mandate in an effort to change the course of the midterm elections.

By Ed Rogers  |  06:23 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, individual mandate, Obamacare, senate democrats, The Insiders, White House

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 12/18/2013

More Senate drama

Republicans continue to block judicial nominations -- and that could lead to more reform..

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:42 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster reform, filibusters, Senate

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 12/09/2013

The Insiders: Ed Gillespie should reconsider running for Mark Warner’s seat

In competing against the senator from Virginia, Gillespie would be facing the kind of pro-growth, pro-business Democrat Virginians are drawn to.

By Carter Eskew  |  11:58 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate, The Insiders, Virginia

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Obama and Senate Democrats were right to go nuclear

Why today’s action -- despite the danger it poses if/when the Senate or the White House goes back to Republican control -- was necessary.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:58 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, filibuster, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 11/21/2013

Republicans have only themselves to blame for Reid’s ‘nuclear option’

GOP behavior left Senate Democrats with no choice but to change the rules.

By James Downie  |  02:43 PM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Harry Reid, Senate

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 11/19/2013

The Senate reform we should get

Instead of constant confrontation, how about a deal to strengthen the Senate? Here’s one reform program.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:31 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 10/30/2013

Another filibuster showdown — if Republicans want one

Democrats aren’t going to allow nullification on the DC Circuit Court any more than they allowed it for NLRB and other agencies.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:49 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster reform, U.S. Senate

Posted at 09:05 PM ET, 10/14/2013

The Insiders: Mitch McConnell faces personal risk in saving the GOP

Senator McConnell is one of the key players currently at the negotiating table in Washington. But will his leadership put him at risk in his primary back home in Kentucky?

By Ed Rogers  |  09:05 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, debt ceiling, government shutdown, kentucky, primary, Republicans, Senate, senator mitch mcconnell, The Insiders

Posted at 09:51 AM ET, 09/25/2013

The Insiders: Cruz is growing stronger

Sen. Cruz’s marathon speech on the Senate floor is a net-plus for his political ambitions.

By Ed Rogers  |  09:51 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Iran, Republicans, Senate, Ted Cruz, The Insiders

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Please, Republicans, save the filibuster (again)

The coming showdown over judicial nominations.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:34 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 09/11/2013

House Republicans turn on Senate Republicans in Obamacare fight

Further proof of a party in disarray.

By James Downie  |  01:05 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Govenrment shutdown, Hal Rogers, House Republicans, obamacare, Senate Republicans, Ted Cruz

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Senate deal holds!

Executive branch nominations are being confirmed -- but questions still remain about the deal going forward.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:12 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 07/18/2013

Time to fix the rest of it: Executive branch nomination reform now!

Too much vetting makes for a government that doesn't function well.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:00 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Confirmation hearings, nominations, Senate

Posted at 08:48 AM ET, 07/17/2013

The Insiders: Cheney celebrity muscle vs. homespun Enzi

Liz Cheney certainly has the right to run for Mike Enzi's Senate seat, but many of the party faithful think she might be making a big mistake in doing so.

By Ed Rogers  |  08:48 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  elections 2014, liz cheney, mike enzi, Republicans, Senate, The Insiders, wyoming

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 07/15/2013

The Insiders: Washington no longer has any dealmakers

Reid's threats to invoke the "nuclear option" in the Senate prove that Democrats are better at whining than governing.

By Ed Rogers  |  05:01 PM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, Congress, Harry Reid, Nuclear option, Senate, The Insiders

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 07/12/2013

Carl Levin can save the filibuster

It's time for him to join with Democrats -- and offer Republicans a way to disarm the nukes.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:20 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 07/12/2013

The Insiders: Prudence in the House, fireworks in the Senate

For the first time in a few months, the action taking place in both houses of Congress really matters.

By Ed Rogers  |  10:08 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, entitlement reform, farm bill, food stamps, Harry Reid, house, Mitch McConnell, Republicans, Senate, The Insiders

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 07/08/2013

The best news in Senate reform

Reformers are moving towards different rules for different situations. That's progress.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:30 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democrats, filibuster, Senate

Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 06/06/2013

The invisible wasted Republican opportunities

We all know about the terrible Republican candidates for Senator, but the states where no strong candidate runs is just as big a factor

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:31 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Jersey, Republican Party, Senate

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 06/04/2013

Christie does right thing for state -- and self

His call for a special election made the most of an uncomfortable situation.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  06:02 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Christie, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 06/04/2013

The nasty fight over Obama's D.C. Circuit nominees

GOP attacks miss the point. But so do Democrats'.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  01:17 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Barack Obama, judicial nominations, Senate

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 05/28/2013

The coming showdown on judicial nominations

Of course Barack Obama is stacking the judiciary. That's what happens when a party wins the White House and the Senate, and there's no justification for opposing it.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:01 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, judges, Senate

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Restore recess appointments

The Supreme Court should accept the recess appointment case and overturn the radical decision

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:59 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  judicial nominations, Senate

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Carbon tax on the table in the Senate

How the departing Sen. Max Baucus can secure a really admirable tax-reform legacy.

By Stephen Stromberg  |  04:10 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  carbon tax, Environment, Senate

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Howard Dean was right about Max Baucus

"I will predict this is the end of his career," Dean said last Thursday.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:45 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Senate

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/18/2013

The Insiders: The best and worst of America

The defeat of a modest gun bill and the service in Boston to mourn the dead.

By Carter Eskew  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, U.S. Senate

Posted at 07:17 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Obama and Giffords shame the Senate

Blunt, unsparing and truthful words about the cowardice of the world's greatest deliberative body.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  07:17 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Guns, Senate

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Ashley Judd was easy pickin' for McConnell

The McConnell campaign had enough oppo gold to sink an Ashely Judd candidacy.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:12 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Harry Reid's nuclear threat

Liberals may think they've seen this before, but actually Harry Reid's latest reform threat is the strongest yet -- even if it is something that he and the Democrats don't really want to carry out.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:47 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  congress reform, Harry Reid, Senate

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 04/02/2013

The moment of truth on D.C. Circuit nominations

Are Republicans determined to stop every one of Obama's picks for the critical appeals court? We're going to find out soon.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:39 PM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, judicial nominations, Republicans, Senate

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 03/29/2013

Yes, Mitch McConnell is destroying the Senate

By abusing Senate rules and destroying norms, Mitch McConnell is ruining what's good about the Senate

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:39 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibusters, Mitch McConnell, nominee obstruction, Senate obstruction

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Good news for McConnell, good news for us?

Without fear of a right-wing challenge, McConnell can do what he does best: cut deals that resemble the long-lost art of governing.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  01:27 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Mitch McConnell, Senate

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Ted Cruz: Smarter than a sixth-grader

Cruz has been in the Senate barely three months, but he has proved to be a first-class pain the butt.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:21 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, Senate, Ted Cruz

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Those constant GOP filibusters

When it takes the Senate more than a year to confirm someone unanimously, there's something wrong.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Is Obama repeating his biggest mistake?

The president still doesn't get it: he's squandering part of his presidency by failing to make nominations a priority.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:08 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chuck Hagel, Jack Lew, Senate

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 02/15/2013

No control of Ted Cruz

The end of an interview last month on "Meet The Press" would serve as an omen for things to come.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  11:46 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republicans, Senate, Ted Cruz

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013

The Reid reform package

There are two main types of obstruction in the Senate these days. Reform won't end the 60 vote Senate, but it will help with the other kind of reform.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  04:06 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Harry Reid, Senate

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 01/16/2013

The key remaining question on Senate reform

Are Democrats sending their senators back to Washington with an urgent interest in filibuster reform?

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:28 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Transparency is not the problem with filibusters

Reformers should focus on the fact that it takes 60 votes to do anything.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 01/04/2013

The obvious filibuster compromise

More amendments and fewer filibusters -- that's how to get the Senate working again.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:03 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Moving to Senate reform

Even if they can't solve the 60 vote Senate, perhaps reform this year can make some progress

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:10 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, Senate

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 12/27/2012

The NRA's party stories

What seems like a story about the gun lobby is really about how our political parties work now.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  01:51 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Mitch McConnell, nra, Senate, sonia sotomayor, Supreme Court

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 12/20/2012

The Senate’s board of censors blasts 'Zero Dark Thirty’

Banishing public debate about torture? That sounds like censorship.

By David Ignatius  |  11:16 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  censorship, senate letter, zero dark thirty

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Robert Bork and the modern Senate

The conservative judge was defeated by a majority. Back in 1987, that's what it took in the Senate.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  12:42 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Clarence Thomas, filibuster, Senate

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Tim Scott is not GOP window-dressing

Why Gov. Nikki Haley's emphasis on Scott having earned his elevation to the Senate stood out for me.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  03:42 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nikki Haley, Republicans, Senate, South Carolina

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 12/13/2012

The best deal on filibuster reform

Democrats shouldn't fear a good compromise on filibuster reform -- but they should be prepared to act if no deal can be reached

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  05:42 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  filibuster, senate

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Jim DeMint is done

He sure made his mark in just eight years in the U.S. Senate.

By Jonathan Capehart  |  12:58 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim DeMint, Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, Pat Toomey, Rand Paul, Republicans, senate, Ted Cruz

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Senate Republicans' profiles in moral cowardice

When 38 Republican senators voted against a U.N. treaty on the rights of the disabled, it wasn't just the way they voted that was repugnant; it was also how they voted.

By James Downie  |  12:40 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bob Dole, Human rights, Republicans, Rick Santorum, senate

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 11/30/2012

Is a filibuster deal possible?

It's hard to tell whether Harry Reid can get Senate rules changed.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  02:09 PM ET, 11/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  bipartisanship, Congress, democrats, Republicans, senate