June 21-25, 1995 - Further Evidence It's Always Been Skewed

(Same as it ever was. Same. As. It. Ever. Was.)

In my never ending quest to find some historic evidence that the myth of bi-partisanship ever existed, I had hopes that surely fifteen years ago things may have been a little different. Unfortunately the answer is no. Almost exactly the same. In 1995 it was Bill Clinton facing a majority Republican House and Senate. Budget, Taxes, Base closures and Presidential appointments facing filibusters. During the week of June 21-25, 1995 the filibuster threat came as the result of Clinton's appointment of Dr. Henry Foster to the post of Surgeon General. Phil Gramm voiced a sentiment that has become something of recurring mantra even today.

Phil Gramm (on confirmation of Dr. Henry Foster and a threatened filibuster): “This is the wrong person with the wrong views for the wrong job. I think we can serve the public interests by saying no. I think no is the right answer. I am confident we’re going to say it.”

And saying it over and over and over again.

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