Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., plays piano in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. Alexander, who had the piano delivered to his Capitol Hill office so he could practice, is slated to deliver a sunset piano performance of "Ol' Man River" on the banks of the Mississippi River with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Saturday. But the Senate’s slow-motion amble toward Memorial Day break threatens all that. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate GOP About to Hand Chuck Schumer a Huge Win. Wait For Amnesty, Folks.

Senator Lamar Alexander has been privately working with Senator Chuck Schumer to gut the filibuster and make it impossible for conservatives to stop the growth of government. Senate Republicans are going to vote on the plan any day and should vote no.

Several years ago, Lamar Alexander left his Republican leadership position in order to work across the aisle with the Democrats. In addition to supporting amnesty, Alexander also worked with Carl Levin to gut the filibuster. Their work was rejected by the Senate, but Alexander has continued ever since slowly trying to whittle down the power of individual Senators, conservative Senators, to stop the growth of the leviathan.

Alexander, you see, has been nursing a grudge since 2013 when it became apparent he was coordinating the timing and taxpayer funding for an exhibit about himself in the middle of his re-election campaign. How dare conservatives raise a stink. And it was a terrible, terrible thing that conservatives might be able to filibuster such government largesse being spent on guys like Alexander.

This whole effort with Schumer is short sighted because Republicans are willing to surrender the very tools they used while in the minority to stop Democratic plans. They are willing to cut their noses to spite their faces. Chuck Schumer is just licking his lips.

But the crazy thing is that Senate conservatives are pointing out there are already rarely used Senate rules that could preserve the filibuster, while also helping the Republicans get their job done. But Senator Alexander and Chuck Schumer would rather further gut the filibuster than enforce existing rules.


Because though Democrats have been able to block Republican spending measures, more often than not it is conservatives who slow down the process with the very rules Alexander and Schumer want to eliminate. Alexander never wants anyone stopping him from funding a government propaganda campaign about himself.

Now, just you wait until Schumer and Alexander get this done. Suddenly you will find Alexander, a proponent of amnesty, declaring it a spending matter — just like they did with Obamacare. And they’ll be able to push it through. Just you wait.

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