“Procedural delay” or filibuster? How should one describe the Senate tactic being used to get more information on John Bolton? Rush Limbaugh insists it’s a filibuster, and has been attacking the media for not using his terminology:
The press won’t say it, but it’s a Democrat fil‚·i‚·bus‚·ter: [Quoting the Associated Press] “The Republicans needed 60 votes to end the Democrat…” Look at this! “Democrat procedural delay.” (Laughter) A “procedural delay” that required a cloture vote is a filibuster! Sorry to scream, folks… but I want to be emphatic.
— Rush Limbaugh, 5/27/05
What will Rush say now that President Bush has announced he agrees with the media’s interpretation?
Q: What about the filibuster as a tactic, in general, sir?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, it’s certainly been a tactic that’s been used on judges and Bolton, if this is a filibuster. I don’t know what you call it. I’m not sure they actually labeled it, filibuster. I’d call it — thus far, it’s a stall — stall headed toward filibuster, I guess.