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Letter, Nov. 22, 2013

Lying then, or now?

Re: Senate filibuster rules


There’s an old courtroom lawyer tactic employed whenever a witness makes a statement which conflicts with testimony he has given. The lawyer mentions both statements, then asks, “Were you lying then, or are you lying now?”

Seems the same could be asked of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as to his party’s killing the 214-year-old Senate filibuster rule. He now says it was necessary to end “Republican obstructionism” of President Obama’s executive department nominees.

This is the same Sen. Reid who, as Minority Leader in 2005, said of the filibuster: “It is a check on power and preserves our limited government (and) is a part of the very fabric of the U.S. Senate.”

So, I guess we need to ask Sen. Reid, “Were you lying then, or are you lying now?”



Vera Cole



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