I was not going to include that last sentence but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to offer up a little scorn to Mr. Cuomo, the passionate liberal who most jounalists thought should have run for president in 1938. "Nearly absurd?" What does that mean? Is nearly absurd the same as darn-near obtuse? Kinda un-okay? Sorta pregnant?
Cuomo Warns Against Filibuster Changes
New York (AP) -- If Republicans rewrite Senate rules to more easily end filibusters, the country will experience "exactly the kind of `tyranny of the majority' that James Madison had in mind," former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo said Saturday.
Cuomo, in the Democratic Party's weekly radio address, said Senate Republicans "are threatening to claim ownership of the Supreme Court and other federal courts, hoping to achieve political results on subjects like abortion, stem cells, the environment and civil rights that they cannot get from the proper political bodies."
"How will they do this? By destroying the so-called filibuster, a vital part of the 200-year-old system of checks and balances in the Senate," Cuomo said.
"The Republicans say it would assure dominance by the majority in the Senate," he said. "That sounds democratic until you remember that the Bill of Rights was adopted, as James Madison pointed out, to protect all of Americans from what he called the `tyranny of the majority.'"
"It sounds nearly absurd when you learn that the minority Democrats in the Senate actually represent more Americans than the majority Republicans do," Cuomo said. (Link)
The Republicans will surely take your advice under consideration there, Mario. As will all of America. As we always do.