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Dr. Stephen R. Covey on Filibusters & Talking Sticks

Reported by Melanie - May 12, 2005

On Wednesday, May 11, 2005, Neil Cavuto finally revealed how he was going to weave a segment about doing away with filibusters into his "business" show. I thought doing so might take a bit of creativity and lo and behold, Cavuto did not disappoint. Cavuto's guest was Dr. Stephen R. Covey, the author of several books, including, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People. Covey is also an "AOL Better Life Coach."

The ridiculous premise of the segment was that filibusters have no place in corporate America so therefore they have no place in the Senate. Cavuto opened with:

"We have seen what filibusters can do to the Senate. What if corporate America had them? How much would that change the way it operated on its day-to-day decision-making?"

Covey didn't seem to understand how filibustering fits into the fabric of our government or the difference between filibustering in the Senate and "filibustering" in the boardroom. His "talking stick" analogy was bizarre and inappropriate and Covey, frankly, seemed a bit discombobulated and out of his element. Nonetheless, I imagine Cavuto's audience thought it heard an in-depth analysis about why the filibuster should be nuked.

Here is a transcript. (Note: Fox News edits its "transcripts" for "clarity" so they're not to be relied upon as being true and accurate in the purest sense of the word "transcript.")

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