Senate, Vice President, Woodrow Wilson discussed on Overnight re-air of day's programming


A lot of businesses dawn when we have votes roll-call votes. Favorite tend to be in the Senate chamber is when there's a vote may have fifteen minutes to vote the bills go up if they start pouring in that period is described as a party without cocktails crews, stir Durban Harris, Mr. hat, Mr. Nelson. Mr. Rubio, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Schumer, the Senate floor is a very useful place to get a whole lot done your face to face with everyone. It's a great place to just do business. You have to go on over the floor. It's all done orally. Unlike the house where they put a car down the road, although a good time talk to colleagues to do business. A lot of that across the aisle to the origin of the majority leader position as a little murky, but it kind of began to develop during Woodrow Wilson's administration thousand nine hundred thirteen when Woodrow Wilson became president. He had a PHD in history and political science yet a lot of ideas about how government should be run. So he suggested to the leaders of the Democratic Party that they appoint a leader to be on the floor to represent him and his programs. They turn was a junior member who is well known nationally because you've run for vice president and his name was John worth Kern from Indiana. And so Kern took the front row center seat that regardless of sat at ever since we're democratic leaders Saturday percents and occupied it as. Leader of his party, the official title majority doesn't come around until the nineteen twenties. But really current is doing the types of things opening things up. Introducing legislation calling bills up the calendar. That majority leaders have come to do when the Republicans came into office. They did the same thing. With Henry capitalized majority, and minority leaders had become very visible. Actors in the Senate where the power is. Now, of course is in greater there's always the majority leader, the minority leader Georgy leaders, the only person that can bring a Bill to the floor. So that's a very powerful position to be even if you don't successfully achieve your goal, you do successfully guide what what's possible, and what's likely to be talked about there's almost nothing in the rules of the Senate that give the titular powers to the majority leader or the minority leader almost everything that they have come through the precedents rather than the rules Lyndon Johnson used to say that the his G was the Parakou suasion. And a lot of what you have to do is what we call retail politics. You have to sit down one by one with all those senators to figure out what it is what they want and how you get on board. We've had a lot of. Duets of senators through the years who's managed to walk through that minefield and come out with a very good record, the working relationship between Mansfield and Dirksen as they work their way through to build coalitions from the two parties in order to pass legislation to get nominations approved. It's almost like a masterclass of how leadership works in the Senate Trent Lott and Tom Daschle. They had some very difficult issues in yet. They maintained a really strong bond, and the strong friendship and again open lines of communication. They went through the Clinton impeachment trial together, they went through nine eleven and the anthrax attack on Capitol Hill together. And if you read the memoirs of both men, they both talk about how important that relationship was to to them during their leadership time, you certainly can have leadership teams that can be very effective. It's not easy. It's not an easy process, but they somehow have to find a way to work together. And it's a tremendous challenge. Wjr. In January two thousand one the Senate, and it's leaders face unprecedented challenges, please come to order in the two thousand election. The result of the election was a Senate tied at fifty fifty. Marking the first time in Senate history that a fifty fifty split occurs. Democrat Tom Daschle majority leader for seventeen days until new president and vice president are inaugurated so help me God. And following the swearing in Vice President Cheney Republican Trent Lott takes the position as this planet changes hands once again. Republicans were in control the organize the Senate Republican senators chaired the committees. And then in may, you get hints of something that's going to happen. I will be the Republican party and become an independent. Control of the Senate. For the first time in Senate history. This was reorganized again under a democratic.

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