Rush Limbaugh seems to have a problem with article I, sec 5, clause 2 of the constitution.
AND a bit of a problem with inappropriate analogies. Apparently, congress exerting it's constitutional ability to modify its procedural rules is RAPE. No shit.
Quote from: WindbagLIMBAUGH: Let’s forget the Senate for a minute. Let’s say, let’s take 10 people in a room and they’re a group. And the room is made up of six men and four women. OK? The group has a rule that the men cannot rape the women. The group also has a rule that says any rule that will be changed must require six votes, of the 10, to change the rule. Every now and then, some lunatic in the group proposes to change the rule to allow women to be raped. But they never were able to get six votes for it.
There were always the four women voting against it and they always found two guys.Well, the guy that kept proposing that women be raped finally got tired of it, and he was in the majority and he was one that [said], ‘You know what? We’re going to change the rule. Now all we need is five.” And well, ‘you can’t do that.’ ‘Yes we are. We’re the majority. We’re changing the rule.’ And then they vote. Can the women be raped? Well, all it would take then is half of the room. You can change the rule to say three. You can change the rule to say three people want it, it’s going to happen. There’s no rule. When the majority can change the rules there aren’t any.
Corey Robin puts it better, and with less hyperbole;QuoteAs Phil Klinkner explained to me, and as this old Washington Post piece confirms, before this vote, senators representing a mere 11% of the population could block all presidential appointments and all legislation.
From now on, senators representing a mere 17% of the population can block most presidential appointments; senators representing 11% can still block all legislation and all Supreme Court nominees.
The march of democracy.
And to put that in perspective, it should never be forgotten that Bush had a 27% approval rating when he left office.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the Senate was never intended to function based on representation numbers. Its whole reason for existing is to balance the power between small rural states and large urban ones, so this kind of thing was always part of the plan. Not that it is necessarily a good plan.