Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been on the Senate floor since 10:30 a.m., speaking out against the tax deal reached by President Obama. He shows no sign of letting up any time soon.
Sanders has been an outspoken critic of the deal since the White House announced it on Monday.
The speech is a throw-back to an old-school filibuster. Senate rules now allow a senator to simply invoke a filibuster, thus requiring sixty votes to end debate on a piece of legislation. Sanders’ speech hearkens back to the days of a senator dominating the floor for hours on end in order to block a vote. The record for the longest filibuster goes to Strom Thurmond who lasted 24 hours and 18 minutes.
His Twitter stream is following his speech. He’s hit the number two trending topic worldwide. Two hashtags have started in his honor: #Filibernie and #Berniebuster.
The dishonorable ones refuse to even *debate* help for 9/11 victims (failed 57-42), letting people who die for this country do so honestly (failed 57-40), and tax cuts that don’t go to billionaires (failed 53-36).
You notice how all those votes in the Senate were majorities and defeated?
And every single one of them got more votes than the big Bush tax cuts. Every single one.
But regardless of how big a douchebags the GOP are, I still am going to give props to somneone doing this the honorable way.
Good on ya, Bernie. Keep it up.