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MILLER: Harry Reid goes nuclear
The Washington Times ^ | November 27, 2012 | Emily Miller

Posted on 11/27/2012 4:47:01 PM PST by jazusamo

Democrat’s power grab takes away minority Republicans’ rights

Forget about bipartisanship; Harry Reid has decided there’s no option that goes too far if it means diluting the influence of Republicans. The Senate majority leader plans to break with long-standing tradition in January by rewriting the chamber’s rules to silence the Republican minority. It’s a shortsighted maneuver, because it means Democrats will have no input in the legislative process when they find themselves out of power in the future.

The hostilities spilled into the open on Monday and Tuesday with a rare, heated series of floor debates between Mr. Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over filibuster reform. The Republican leader said on the floor Tuesday, “Here we are with this explosive nuclear option being thrown into the chamber at a time when we ought to be turning the election off and trying to come together to solve the biggest problem … the fiscal cliff and the nation’s seemingly hopeless deficit and debt situation.”

Mr. Reid, leader of the least productive Senate session ever, claims his changes will make the body more “efficient.” For the first time in history, the Democratic leader wants to change the rules with a simple majority vote instead of the currently required two-thirds supermajority. This is referred to as the “nuclear option” because it empowers the majority to alter at whim and without bipartisan support the way the Senate runs.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: filibuster; nuclearoption; reid; ussenate
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1 posted on 11/27/2012 4:47:09 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

FUHRIHYDSYMF


2 posted on 11/27/2012 4:50:10 PM PST by dforest
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To: jazusamo

I think Harry Reid would rather die before he would let the Senate actually do something ,how did so much power get in the hands of Senate Majority Leader


3 posted on 11/27/2012 4:51:22 PM PST by molson209
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To: jazusamo
Good thing that can't happen here.

Wait.... what?

/johnny

4 posted on 11/27/2012 4:51:38 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: jazusamo
Reid and his claque know that they have the national media on their side. When it comes time for payback, the bleating billy-goats of the MSM will set loose a chorus of hysterical braying... "bring back the filibuster, protect the rights of the minority!"

The GOP will cave at that time, letting the Democrats have back what they took away.

For now, however, the MSM couldn't care less about the "rights of the minority."

5 posted on 11/27/2012 4:52:45 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: molson209

In my view Dingy Harry is a twerp with way too much power and wants more, much like Obama.


6 posted on 11/27/2012 4:54:53 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Steely Tom

I’ve no doubt you’re correct and believe it’s why Dingy Harry is doing this.


7 posted on 11/27/2012 4:57:55 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Read must think the Democrats will never again lose the majority in the Senate.


8 posted on 11/27/2012 4:58:43 PM PST by miele man
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To: dforest

I got the 1st 4 initials .. what’s the rest mean?


9 posted on 11/27/2012 4:58:43 PM PST by sauropod (For Barack so loved the poor, he created millions more of them.)
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10 posted on 11/27/2012 5:03:20 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Truthfully, Reid does have a technical point. It is far too easy for individual senators to halt the business of the senate.

But the Republicans must be very clear to the Democrats, and mean it, that if they vote with Harry on this, then the Republicans *will* do the same when they control the senate.

This means stripping the minority of power and the ability to deliberate.

If it still looks like the Democrats are going to support Harry, then the Republicans need to provide them a list of government programs that will be chopped, that they will be powerless to inhibit or stop.

One after the other, with minimal debate, no amendments, and no other parlimentarianism to take the edge off.

It will scare the Democrat senators silly, because they’ve got far more to lose.


11 posted on 11/27/2012 5:04:24 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (DIY Bumper Sticker: "THREE TIMES,/ DEMOCRATS/ REJECTED GOD")
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To: miele man
Read must think the Democrats will never again lose the majority in the Senate.

In the extremely unlikely event the hapless GOP ever gets back a majority, don't worry... they will reinstate the rule. They simply aren't into hardball.

12 posted on 11/27/2012 5:04:41 PM PST by Gritty (The can no longer can be kicked down the road. We're all out of road, there's only an abyss-Mk Steyn)
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To: sauropod

FUHRIHYDSYMF

F.U. Harry Reid. I Hope You Die of Syphilis You M.F


13 posted on 11/27/2012 5:04:50 PM PST by NathanR
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To: molson209

if Harry Reid won’t let the Senate do anything - why not leave it like that then for awhile - at least they not breaking anything any further


14 posted on 11/27/2012 5:05:44 PM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (we are so screwed - ^_^)
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To: molson209

A concerted effort by the Democrat majority is what put Harry Reid in as Majority Leader of the US Senate.

The entire Senate Democrat caucus is in on the deal, and they have become essentially so corrupt, they will go along with almost anything that Senator Palpatine insists upon.

This is a very bad state of affairs for the nation as a whole, and cannot be beneficial even to the perverted objectives of the Current Occupant of the White Hut. Even Valerie Jarrett must be somewhat unnerved while watching the antics of Senator Palpatine.

Evil and deranged is not a good combination.


15 posted on 11/27/2012 5:06:04 PM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: molson209

He took it, without resistance, not even from those of his own party who must know he is evil.


16 posted on 11/27/2012 5:06:04 PM PST by annieokie
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To: jazusamo
It’s a shortsighted maneuver, because it means Democrats will have no input in the legislative process when they find themselves out of power in the future.

Now that the 'rats have perfected their vote fraud techniques they don't figure they will ever be in the minority again.


17 posted on 11/27/2012 5:10:32 PM PST by Iron Munro (Big Moo & Bronco 'Bama = Robbing From The Hood and Boy Blunder)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
It is far too easy for individual senators to halt the business of the senate.

Horsecrap.

You CAN'T make it too difficult for government to operate. The only time I sleep well is when they are out of session.

Trying to get the GOP to stand up and show a spine? LOL! Pass me the bong. I need some of what you are smoking.

Next you'll tell me that the pubbies can stop a bunch of crap because they hold the House.

Ain't gonna happen.

/johnny

18 posted on 11/27/2012 5:11:31 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: miele man

Reid is right.

After 50 years of media brainwashing and public school indoctrination the Chicago mob rules.

The people’s republic is here.


19 posted on 11/27/2012 5:14:41 PM PST by slorunner
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To: jazusamo
The Senate majority leader plans to break with long-standing tradition in January by rewriting the chamber’s rules to silence the Republican minority. It’s a shortsighted maneuver, because it means Democrats will have no input in the legislative process when they find themselves out of power in the future.

Wrong. The dems don't expect to ever be the minority in the Senate again. They are preparing for 'Game Over'.

20 posted on 11/27/2012 5:16:00 PM PST by plain talk
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To: jazusamo

A population of 311 million people and three or four people stand in the way of this Country recovering from the recession, and becoming strong again and Harry Reid is one of them.


21 posted on 11/27/2012 5:17:13 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty ( Fast and Furious , Benghazi - What's 0bama's current body count?)
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To: jazusamo

You’re right and Reid is drunk with power, given his heftier majority.

Reid can GTH and the sooner the better.


22 posted on 11/27/2012 5:20:59 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: jazusamo

I’m betting dingy Harry thinks that America is lost and will vote communist from now until forever. That’s why it doesn’t matter. It’s no short sighted, it’s what they feel is reality.


23 posted on 11/27/2012 5:24:34 PM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: NathanR

LOL! Danke schoen! (I had also figured out the last two letters, just not the middle part).


24 posted on 11/27/2012 5:24:34 PM PST by sauropod (For Barack so loved the poor, he created millions more of them.)
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To: jazusamo
This is Reid's “Executive Order” type grab of total power, just as Hussein uses Executive Orders for his total power.

Reid will do this as he has no honor, just like Hussein. This is the final nail to destroy the country as Hussein can't be stopped if this happens.

I doubt there will ever be another Republican majority Senate.

Our prepping is a direct slap in the face of Hussein/Reid. The government used our money to build a bunker for major preps to save the life of Hussein and Reid - are you as important as they are? Sure you are - use your own money to prep. Fight back - save your own life. Got water and food stored?

25 posted on 11/27/2012 5:27:12 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today.)
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To: jazusamo
Now that push is getting to shove, maybe the house will exercise it's authority over the country's purse.

Over the fiscal cliff, no budget extensions, no increase in national debt. Shut the government down. The house needs to fulfill it's constitutional duties while we still have a country.

26 posted on 11/27/2012 5:27:42 PM PST by oldbrowser (Welcome to U.S.Zimbabwe)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
But the Republicans must be very clear to the Democrats, and mean it, that if they vote with Harry on this, then the Republicans *will* do the same when they control the senate.

AND...the repubs must ask the parrying question...whatcha gonna gimme? quid pro quo.

27 posted on 11/27/2012 5:27:51 PM PST by VRW Conspirator (We were the tea party before there was a tea party. - Jim Robinson)
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To: onyx

Agree...That’s where he belongs.


28 posted on 11/27/2012 5:29:06 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Harry Reid notwithstanding, I favor getting rid of the filibuster.

Without it, ObamaCare can be ended by simple majorities in both the House and Senate the next time we have the presidency!

I hope he goes there!


30 posted on 11/27/2012 5:30:24 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: oldbrowser
maybe the house will exercise it's authority over the country's purse.

There's another long wait where a train don't come.

I'm not holding my breath for anything good to come out of that fetid swampland called D.C.

/johnny

31 posted on 11/27/2012 5:31:23 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: WVKayaker

Weeper of the House! = LOLOLOLOL.
YES! He needs a challenge! I’m praying.
Lord, hear our prayers.


32 posted on 11/27/2012 5:31:23 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
I was going through my collection of CDs earlier this month and came across a song with the words: “A hand full of Senators can prevent legislation..”

This was from the 60s and it was singing about Democratic Senators and their use of the filibuster to prevent civil rights legislation.

Guess Dirty Harry Reid has forgotten that piece of history - when the Democratic Senators were on the wrong side of history and fought tooth and nail to stay there

33 posted on 11/27/2012 5:31:50 PM PST by Nip (BOHEICA and TANSTAAFL - both seem very appropriate today.)
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To: oldbrowser
Over the fiscal cliff...

This could actually give the big O the upper hand in the long run. Historically, economies recover about 18 months on average after a crash, providing, that the gov-mint does not screw it up. A crash, which is overdue, will be devastating, but ulimately recoverable.

34 posted on 11/27/2012 5:32:20 PM PST by VRW Conspirator (We were the tea party before there was a tea party. - Jim Robinson)
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To: jazusamo

Oh yeah, I think he’s going. One way ticket, for the evil dweeb.


35 posted on 11/27/2012 5:32:30 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: plain talk

They are preparing for ‘Game Over’


Yep. It’s part of that fundamental transformation crap. We are being assaulted and will continue to be assaulted on many fronts.

The radical left will not just walk away from the power they have amassed.


36 posted on 11/27/2012 5:33:29 PM PST by paint_your_wagon
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To: jazusamo

Sic semper tyrannis. Or, as a paraphrase, “Stamp out tyranny!”


37 posted on 11/27/2012 5:33:40 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: oldbrowser
If only the House would, they have the majority to do it but not holding my breath.
38 posted on 11/27/2012 5:33:59 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: Nip

“Eve of Destruction” from 1965, performed by Barry McGuire and written by Phil Sloan.


39 posted on 11/27/2012 5:35:01 PM PST by Publius (Will comply with 10-289 for food.)
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To: jazusamo

The Senate Democrats boast the most loathsome critters on the planet.


40 posted on 11/27/2012 5:35:37 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: onyx
Oh yeah, I think he’s going.


41 posted on 11/27/2012 5:38:28 PM PST by WVKayaker ("Hang in there, America. Fight for what is right." - Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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To: Steely Tom

BINGO


42 posted on 11/27/2012 5:40:42 PM PST by Venturer
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To: sauropod

I think I have it

Fug You Harry Reid I Hate your Dum Sh*t You Mother Fugger.


43 posted on 11/27/2012 5:42:34 PM PST by Venturer
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To: onyx
evil dweeb

LOL!

That defines Dingy Harry perfectly.

44 posted on 11/27/2012 5:43:03 PM PST by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: WVKayaker

ROTFL. I like that! Hilarious.


45 posted on 11/27/2012 5:43:47 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Venturer

Darn, I menat that to be a Freep mail.

Please remove it for me.


46 posted on 11/27/2012 5:44:01 PM PST by Venturer
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To: jazusamo

LOL. It’ his whiny voice, isn’t it?
I want to slap him!


47 posted on 11/27/2012 5:44:59 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: jazusamo

Bipartisanship: Doing whatever the liberals want.

Obstruction: Not doing what the liberals want fast enough.

RINO: A liberal who is sometimes an obstructionist.

And there’s pretty much all one needs to know in the way of politics 101 in America.


48 posted on 11/27/2012 5:45:24 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: onyx
From Travel & Leisure monthly photo contest entries...

Here's another with a link! Captioned : "It’s about time that dogs start taking some personal responsibility." Doggy Ping material!


49 posted on 11/27/2012 5:51:47 PM PST by WVKayaker ("Hang in there, America. Fight for what is right." - Sarah Palin 11/7/12)
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To: jazusamo

I’m not sure what the problem is here.

This follows from everything else Wilson put in to play when he was President.

We are NOT a representive republic any more. We are a democratic republic. It’s mob rule now. Adams’ nightmare is here - the people have learned they can vote themselves cash.

The tipping point has been reached, and this is what the end looks like.

You can’t FIX this. Once you lose freedom, it doesn’t grow back. You can’t vote it back.

You have to let it fail, and then when the smoke clears and the bodies are hauled off, the winner decides what free means.

I always wondered how it was that Israel, at the end of times, would be without our protection. There’s no reference to the US in Revelation.

I’m starting the believe that the reason why is we don’t exist when it all comes to pass.


50 posted on 11/27/2012 5:52:24 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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