In “Can Senate Democrats Save the Party?” (editorial, Nov. 27), you call on the Senate Democratic minority to rely upon the chamber’s “arcane rules” to confront the Trump agenda directly.
What you don’t say is that in 2013 the then-Democratic majority unilaterally changed longstanding filibuster rules to override Republican opposition to any of President Obama’s executive appointments or judicial nominations below the Supreme Court, a move you celebrated at the time (“Democracy Returns to the Senate,” editorial, Nov. 22, 2013).
Indeed, before this year’s election, many leading Democrats were so confident that they were about to win back the Senate majority (and keep the White House) that they began warning Republicans against blocking a President Hillary Clinton’s legislative agenda or Supreme Court picks, lest those remaining parts of the “arcane rules” be blown up as well. Now they are desperately hoping that Republicans do not follow that advice.
In 2013, Senate traditionalists of all political stripes warned the Democrats that haphazardly changing Senate rules to take advantage of a fleeting political moment was akin to playing with historic fire. They are now in serious danger of getting burned.
The writer, a former Senate adviser and speechwriter, teaches at Columbia.
Note from KBJ: Obama and the Democrats taught Trump and the Republicans exactly how to achieve their ends. I can't wait to see the look on Democrat faces when what they did is used against them. What goes around comes around.
Every time I check the top stories in The Times, it’s all about Donald Trump. I am suffering from Trump exhaustion. You must know by now that he wants to be center stage 24/7. Please, for the love of all that is good and holy, pare down the unnecessary coverage.
If you cover every single tweet, what are you not covering? I feel as if I’m missing real news. Put the reins on and pace yourselves. We still have four more years of him.
Here is the latest College Football Playoff ranking. Who would have thought that the SEC would have only one team in the top 13? (When I mentioned this to a friend who is an SEC fanatic, he said, "We only need but one.") As for the likely Final Four, if Alabama (SEC), Clemson (ACC), and Washington (Pac-12) win their conference championships this weekend, then they will join Ohio State (Big Ten) in the four-team playoff bracket. The Big 12 will almost certainly be shut out for the second time in three years. Guess which big-five conference doesn't have a championship?
We all know sore losers, but President-elect Donald Trump has reflected an unusual form of behavior, that of a sore winner. We try to teach our children to accept defeat with dignity as well as disappointment, and I wonder what they think of our future leader who cannot even bring himself to be gracious in victory.
Santa Monica, Calif.
Note from KBJ: What in the world is this man talking about? It would help if he gave even one example, but perhaps he cannot.
I had another safe and productive month on the bike. I rode 14 times in 30 days, for a total of 480.2 miles. That gives me 5,807 miles for the year, which is only 398.9 miles from my goal of 6,205.9. I'm on track for my best mileage year ever (out of 36). I need only 12 more rides of 34.3 miles (in 31 days) to break the record, which I set in 1990 at the age of 33. Piece o' cake.
Addendum: Conditions today were quite nice. The wind chill was 51º when I left my house and 59º when I returned. The sky was clear blue. The only thing I would change is the wind, which was stiff (11 to 13 miles per hour) out of the northwest. I listened to Rush Limbaugh for about two hours and then switched to music.