It’s time to nuke the Senate filibuster so that Democrats can ram their agenda through Congress, according to The New York Times editorial board.
In a Saturday op-ed titled, “Every Day Is Jan. 6 Now,” the Times’ editorial board attempted to paint conservative Republicans as enemies of democracy by tying the violence at the U.S. Capitol Building last January to the conservative movement as a whole.
America must not move on from the events of Jan. 6 because Republicans are currently attempting to take control of the elections process, the newspaper’s editors wrote, citing measures in conservative-led states to defend election integrity.
According to the Times editors, “the Capitol riot continues in statehouses across the country, in a bloodless, legalized form that no police officer can arrest and that no prosecutor can try in court.”
“In short, the Republic faces an existential threat from a movement that is openly contemptuous of democracy and has shown that it is willing to use violence to achieve its ends,” the editorial said. “No self-governing society can survive such a threat by denying that it exists. Rather, survival depends on looking back and forward at the same time.”
The Republican Party is an “authoritarian” movement, the editors added.
“A healthy, functioning political party faces its electoral losses by assessing what went wrong and redoubling its efforts to appeal to more voters the next time. The Republican Party, like authoritarian movements the world over, has shown itself recently to be incapable of doing this,” they wrote.
“Party leaders’ rhetoric suggests they see it as the only legitimate governing power and thus portrays anyone else’s victory as the result of fraud — hence the foundational falsehood that spurred the Jan. 6 attack, that Joe Biden didn’t win the election.”
One solution the paper proposed is for Democrats to nuke the filibuster for “voting rights legislation.”
“Democrats aren’t helpless, either. They hold unified power in Washington, for the last time in what may be a long time. Yet they have so far failed to confront the urgency of this moment — unwilling or unable to take action to protect elections from subversion and sabotage,” the editorial said.
“Blame Senator Joe Manchin or Senator Kyrsten Sinema, but the only thing that matters in the end is whether you get it done. For that reason, Mr. Biden and other leading Democrats should make use of what remaining power they have to end the filibuster for voting rights legislation, even if nothing else,” it added.
The Times editorial was roundly criticized by right-leaning commentators.
The New York Times is so thoroughly and hopelessly corrupt that it won't even admit it supports one-party rule, its party, the Democrat Party. | Every Day Is Jan. 6 Now https://t.co/PL6xWVjtzw
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) January 2, 2022
“Every Day Is January 6th Now”
— Jerry Christmas 🎄🎅🏽 (@JerryDunleavy) January 1, 2022
Every day is not Jan 6. pic.twitter.com/ceG5bv2bc7
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) January 1, 2022
A scare-mongering editorial designed for one purpose – to get Democrats to nuke the legislative filibuster to pass a hyper-partisan election reform bill. pic.twitter.com/t6tDx3tljQ
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) January 2, 2022
The Senate filibuster ensures that most legislation cannot move forward to a final vote unless 60 senators agree to end debate. As a result, progressives have had a hard time passing legislation in an upper chamber of Congress that currently consists of 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats.
Despite the Times’ efforts, Democrats’ chances of getting rid of the filibuster, at least right now, seem slim, as moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have both signaled they would not support such a move, Fox News reported.