Smilin' Norm Coleman came charging out in favor of the filibuster yesterday:
Sen. Norm Coleman is hoping to make himself a player when the Democrats take control of the Senate next January.
The Minnesota Republican notes that Democrats will need sixty votes to block G-O-P filibusters. He says that his vote will be in play to help Democrats get sixty votes - and that he'll use that leverage to extract gains for Minnesota.
WHAT? Our Empty Suit is in favor of the filibuster? How can that possibly be?
For 4 years, Smilin' Norm Coleman has been steadfastly against the filibuster on principle. Suddenly, as a member of the Senate minority, he's in favor of the filibuster. There are plenty of words for such behavior. Here are two -- either Coleman lied about his principles or he is willing to betray them. Which is it, Smilin' Norm? Liar or betrayer?
How is Norm supporting the filibuster?
He seems to be simply stating that if his colleagues do use the filibuster he will be a potential vote to block it.
So to me he actually is sticking to his position that certain issues deserve a vote.
Norm says his vote will be "in play". He can't negotiate his vote unless he is willing to vote against cloture.
I think my point is that your statement that says "came charging out in favor of the filibuster" is a little strong or reads a little into what he said, that's all.
I think Coleman's statement on the filibuster here adds something to this:
Even though I object to it on substance, I support your right to filibuster the energy bill and the malpractice bill and the highway bill and on and on and on.
Square that with his own press release:
I came to the Senate to get things done. I have never supported a filibuster, no matter how controversial the issue.