Smilin' Norm Coleman on the filibuster yesterday with Hannity and Colmes:
COLEMAN: Listen, I don't argue, by the way, about the 60-vote rule. On issues of importance, you've got to get 60 votes. What happened here on the floor of the Senate two nights ago, in the same night where they shot down the opportunity to provide protection for citizens who simply do what they should do, which is report behavior that they're concerned about, the vote was 49-48 to make sure we don't have a Fairness Doctrine. Evan Bayh was the only Democrat who voted with me.
So Democrats had a chance to express themselves on this issue. I don't argue with getting to 60; that's the way the Senate works. But, clearly, for some reason, Democrats wouldn't step forth and say, "Hey, we should put an end even worrying about whether there's a Fairness Doctrine."
Norm Coleman press release, December 21st, 2005:
I came to the Senate to get things done. I have never supported a filibuster, no matter how controversial the issue. Our troops, the victims of the hurricanes, and the families who depend on LIHEAP assistance deserved an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor today. Yet the outcome of this vote reveals a deep dissatisfaction among my colleagues. I am angry about the process and at the direction we have forced on these very important issues that now remain unresolved. We will now have to start over from square one. My only hope is that we bring back to the table a bill that excludes ANWR and will offer real choices to our troops and families and sets politics aside to get necessary legislation passed.