WaPo Reader Calls Out Lib Columnist on Filibuster Hypocrisy

<p><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/12/hypocrisy-ej-dionne... align="right" border="0" height="200" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="147" />Caught this in the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/20/AR200912... target="_blank">Washington Post's &quot;Letters to the Editor&quot;</a> section today. </p><p>Good on the Post for printing this letter from a reader who caught liberal columnist E.J. Dionne in the act of hypocrisy:</p><blockquote><p> E.J. Dionne Jr. [&quot;Democratic fratricide,&quot; <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/16/AR200912..., Dec. 17] views the Senate as a &quot;dysfunctional and undemocratic partisan hothouse,&quot; presumably because of the ability of 41 senators to prevent a bill from coming to a final vote. </p><div id="body_after_content_column"> <p> Mr. Dionne has not always taken such a dim view of undemocratic procedures, however. </p> <p>In 2003, he heartily approved of Democratic obstruction of two judicial nominations by President Bush: &quot;The filibuster is the only way to prevent the president from creating a federal judiciary dominated by ideologues of his own persuasion, appointed to satisfy his political base&quot; [&quot;Order and the Courts,&quot; op-ed, May 9]. </p><!--break--><p>If a filibuster was justified merely to keep two conservatives off the bench, why should it not be used by senators who believe that the health-care bill would be a disaster for the country? </p> <p> <i>Richard L. Lobb, Fairfax</i> </p> </div></blockquote><p>The analogy is apt. As Ronald Reagan quipped, &quot;The closest thing to eternal life on Earth is a government program.&quot; While Supreme Court justices die or retire and Congress can always add or subtract seats on the tribunal, government programs often are forever, for better or worse (almost always worse).</p><p>While it's not surprising that a liberal columnist like Dionne would be a hypocrite on propriety of the filibuster, it is pleasantly surprising to find the Post publishing this letter pointing out the fact for readers. </p> <!-- sphereit end -->

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