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The GOP's Filibuster Hypocrisy

When Republicans are in power "filibuster" is a dirty word, but when they're in the minority it's their favorite past time.

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In this obstructionism, the Republicans appear to have a powerful ally in the Washington press corps that - with few exceptions - treats the GOP's promiscuous use of filibusters as some responsible application of a time-honored tradition. The press also forgets to remind the U.S. public that just a few years ago, the Republicans hated filibusters.


For more of's coverage of the Alito nomination, see "Alito & the Point of No Return," Or take a look at another historical moment "When Republicans Loved a Filibuster." Or see our book, Neck Deep.

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, "Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush," was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at His two previous books, "Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq" and "Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth'" are also available there. Or go to

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