Skip to comments.Hypocrites…Democrats Pressing Ahead With Nuclear Option In Senate
Posted on 07/15/2013 10:06:32 AM PDT by Starman417
Reid continues to say that the nuclear option in the Senate is on the table:
I'm speaking @CAPAction to discuss why changing Senate rules is good for the institution. #EndGridlock Watch here: http://t.co/aVwisuCrjy— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) July 15, 2013
End the gridlock eh? I seem to recall a time when the Democrats were in the minority during Bush's tenure and during that time Reid and pals made gridlock a household name.
Senate Democrats mounted an unprecedented filibuster campaign against Bushs judicial nominees. According to The Heritage Foundations Todd Gaziano, the average number of days a Court of Appeals nominee waited for final Senate action grew from 39 during the Reagan Presidency, 95 during the George H. W. Bush Presidency, and 115 during the Clinton Presidency to 400 during the first 22 months of the second Bush presidency.
400 days of gridlock on average. This tactic had Republicans suggesting the nuclear option and the Democrats were aghast:
Barack Obama 4/25/05: The President hasnt gotten his way. And that is now prompting a change in the Senate rules that really I think would change the character of the Senate forever what I worry about would be that you essentially still have two chambers the House and the Senate but you have simply majoritarian absolute power on either side, and thats just not what the founders intended.
Hillary Clinton 5/23/2005: So this president has come to the majority here in the Senate and basically said change the rules. Do it the way I want it done. And I guess there just werent very many voices on the other side of the isle that acted the way previous generations of senators have acted and said Mr. President we are with you, we support you, but thats a bridge too far we cant go there. You have to restrain yourself Mr. President.
Charles Schumer 5/18/2005: We are on the precipice of a crisis, a constitutional crisis. The checks and balances which have been at the core of this Republic are about to be evaporated by the nuclear option. The checks and balances which say that if you get 51% of the vote you dont get your way 100% of the time. It is amazing its almost a temper tantrum.
Harry Reid 5/18/2005: Mr. President the right to extended debate is never more important than the one party who controls congress and the white house. In these cases the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government.>
Dianne Feinstein 5/18/2005: The nuclear option if successful will turn the senate into a body that could have its rules broken at any time by a majority of senators unhappy with any position taken by the minority. It begins with judicial nominations. Next will be executive appointments and then legislation.
Joe Biden 5/23/2005: This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab.
Thankfully cooler heads prevailed and they pulled that option off the table.
But now that gridlock is being used as a tactic by the minority once again (if you play the game expect the game to be played right back at you when its the others side turn at bat) Reid says the nuclear option is a good thing.
But remember, when you play the game heres poll guru Nate Silver:
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More fruit from the father of lies.
Remember Miguel Estrada!
Reid vs. Reid thanks to Heritage Foundation:
Wow, the self proclaimed spokesman for the Salt Lake Sect of Mormonism is chopping the constitution right down to a single thread.
Of course they are, and we told Republicans they would back when Republicans didn’t want to be the first to do it. That’s the real shame in all of this. Democrats take care of their own, but simple minded Republicans always want to play fair, and be nice to the enemy.
The more deliberative of our two Houses. How very quaint.
I wrote the only biography of Reid. It goes into his long history of taking bribes.
Be nice to see the Democrat party become a party where no one votes for it anymore. Instead see the GOP, Libertarian win seats and the democrat party get the least amount of votes.
NBC: McCain moving to head off filibuster change
hotair.com | 7/15/13 | Ed Morrissey
Posted on 07/15/2013 11:37:05 AM PDT by cotton1706
The Republicans will find the Nuclear Option mighty handy in 2015 when they take the Senate in the 2014 election.
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