Dingy Goes Nuclear

In a move that will likely come back to haunt him after the 2014 mid term elections, Senate Democratic Majority Leader (Dingy) Harry Reid deployed the nuclear option, effectively violating the customs and traditions of the Senate filibuster that Democrats have held so dear in the past.

We’ll see how well this works out for them…

Reid’s new rules which were passed in the Senate by a close 52-48 vote, require only a simple majority for all executive and judicial nominees other than those to the Supreme Court.

The move is seen by many as a raw abuse of majority powers - (Senator Lamar Alexander, (R-TN) called it ObamaCare II) – and sets a precedent that Democrats will regret as soon as the Senate changes control – which could happen as soon as next year.

In 2005, when Bush was in power, Reid and his fellow Democrats were passionately against the nuclear option.

“The threat to change Senate rules is a raw abuse of power and will destroy the very checks and balances our founding fathers put in place to prevent absolute power by any one branch of government,” Reid said at the time.
He was joined in this denunciation of Republicans who were also considering the “nuclear option” by a number of his Democratic colleagues.
Here are some of their floor speeches from 2005:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor, this morning to lambaste Democrats, who he accused of trying to change the subject away from the ObamaCare fiasco.

He reminded the chamber how the Obama administration and Democrats were willing to do and say anything in order to force ObamaCare on the public.

“The president and his Democratic allies were so determined to force their vision of healthcare on the public, they assured them up and down that they wouldn’t lose the plans they had, that they’d save money instead of losing it, and that they’d be able to use the doctors and hospitals they were already losing. But of course, we know, that rhetoric doesn’t match reality,” McConnell said.

After making note of the unmitigated disaster ObamaCare has become, he taunted “I’d be running for the exits, too, if I’d supported this law. I’d be looking to change the subject!”

He continued, “it doesn’t distract people from ObamaCare – it reminds them of ObamaCare. It reminds them of all the broken promises, it reminds them of the power grabs, it reminds them of the way Democrats set up one set of rules for themselves, and another, for everybody else.

One set of rules for them – and another for everybody else. Actually, this is all basically the same debate, and rather than distract people from ObamaCare, it only reinforces the narrative of a party that is willing to do and say just about anything to get its way.”

Now that Reid’s exercise in raw political power has passed the Senate, Joel Pollak at Breitbart’s the Conversation ponders what to do, next:

The question now is how to retaliate. In the short term, Republicans can use their power in the House of Representatives to block any of President Obama’s desired legislation, including immigration reform. In the medium term, Republicans must consider what to do when they take over the Senate–which could happen in the 2014 elections, if the public remains as outraged as it is now about the failure of Obamacare.

Republicans could extend the Democrats’ new rule and stack the courts (perhaps even the Supreme Court) after 2016. They could also eliminate the filibuster for ordinary bills as well, which would make repealing Obamacare easy. Or they could promise to reverse what Democrats had done, and restore the traditional protections of the minority. The latter may be best in the long run. But they will be in no rush to compromise.

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6 Responses to “Dingy Goes Nuclear”

  1. MM Says:

    Why in the world our side ever uses the word compromise is a mystery akin to changing water into wine. If we get control of the senate it should be full speed ahead and jam these bastard REgressives.

  2. nicedeb Says:

    We should extend the rules change to apply to legislation, too – as Joel Pollak suggests – and use it to kill ObamaCare.

    What bothers me is – Reid felt confident enough to do this, knowing 2014 is coming….

    I can’t shake my nagging fear that a fix is in and and fair elections are now a thing of the past.

  3. Liberty At'Stake Says:

    The Senate bears no resemblance anymore to its original purpose as a deliberative break on hot populist passions. And for that matter, the entire federal judiciary including SCOTUS has become nothing but another news cycle driven political branch. The only remedy I can come up with is term limits all around.

  4. Geo Says:

    Hypocrisy aside, the unadulterated arrogance and gall of this move is startling. While the primary reason to pull this off out of the blue, was to change the headlines from the unACA and to solidify the whack job base who have been devastated lately from the disastrous roll out.

    Harri Weed has really rolled the dice on this one. I guess figuring that things couldn’t get much worse, it was worth the try. The other major factor was to load up the Courts, especially the D.C. Court. He has rolled grenades right into the middle of the room with this action.. By filling every possible vacancy they can in the Courts they have controlled the lib agenda for decades with life time appointments of Judges.

    Could be the last jewel in the crown. They have decapitated and demoralized the Military and it’s leadership, put us on the fast track to financial ruin, almost doubled the people who receive assistance, have done everything they can for socialized medicine and to destroy the current system we have, shredded the U.S. Constitution and our Laws, turned our own government against us by the use of threats and intimidation. By loading the Courts this could all be apart of our very foundation and fabric for decades to come and may never be reversed.

  5. nicedeb Says:

    I actually think the order came from the White House because Obama is trying to pack the DC Circuit court (which has been a big thorn in his side) and this was needed for them to do it.

    The DC Circuit Court has embarrassed the Regime with too many unfavorable rulings, so Obama is trying to force through 3 yes men to help facilitate his regulatory regime.


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