Skip to comments.Leading proponent of filibuster reform claims he has 51 votes
Posted on 12/28/2012 2:05:16 PM PST by SMGFan
Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), a leading proponent of filibuster reform, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) has the 51 votes he needs to change Senate rules with the "nuclear option."
The maneuver would be controversial, however, and could heighten partisan tensions at the start of the 113th Congress in January. Republicans say using 51 votes to change Senate procedures and to prevent the minority party in the Senate from blocking a majority-vote amounts to breaking the rules to change them.
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Is there just ONE adult left in DC?
What a disgrace, an utter disgrace. Every negative trait known to mankind is embodied in these idiots.
Isn’t it funny how there is no “gang of 14 or whatever to defeat this when a dem is in power?
When the GOP takes over, they won’t have the balls to do the same thing to the dems. They will fight for the rights of the minority.
Dems play to win, republicans play to be invited to parties and to appear on face the nation.
Do the rats really want to do this? Really? If so, when they are again in the minority they will find that payback is indeed a bitch.
We are not playing by the Marquis of Queensbury rules. We are dealing with the raw exercise of power. The Dems know that they are now the permanent majority party when it comes to control of the WH. They don't have to worry about the Reps controlling the Senate anytime soon.
The Reps are the Stupid Party and deserve every humiliation the Dems can perpetrate on them.
When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground. -George Martin
I don't seem to recall the Dims ever getting any *payback* from Pubbies, when Dims are minority...or ever :(
They are not going to be in the minority in the Senate for a long time to come. And they have locked up the WH for as far as the eye can see.
It's not a matter of "knowing how". It's a matter of political abuse.
Dems have no problem doing this because they favor dictatorships.
The GOP don't...they favor freedom. And rightly so.
Payback could come soon, since the "Obama babies" are up for re-election next year.
They are setting the table so that their Reich will last a thousand years. No payback is anticipated.
Worse than that, IF the GOP is ever in power again, it'll be back to the "power sharing" schtick that they've done in every other time they've taken power.
Of course, the Dems believe in "power sharing" as well so it all evens out. Right? RIGHT?
The only card left for the GOP to play is push for ‘proportional’ allocation of electoral college votes in states like PA, etc. Otherwise they will be extinct.
“when they are again in the minority”
In 2004, I received a phone call survey during election season. The man led me down to the question of what I thought about 1-party rule. When I said that was crazy, he LAUGHED derisively. I hung up.
Why would they want to open that Pandora’s box when they do not control the House?
By bitch you must mean a cringing, whipped dog that submissively pees all over the place whenever the Dems look crossly at it. Because that is all of the bitch I know in the neo-Whig party that pretends to be the Republicans.
“And they have locked up the WH for as far as the eye can see.”
Here’s the enemy -
How fast do you think they can find cover in an ambush or on a battlefield?
I really hate Democrats, and will never vote for one. I also hate Republicans for bending over and allowing the Democrats to have their way with them.
Every day in Obama world is a nightmare. I hope the GOP shuts down the Senate if they try this.
I am so over the E-GOP when do we start our party....
They are one in the same. Both bought & paid for by the elites for the elites.
All that's necessary is for good men to do nothing.
The US government now functions like the Ukraine or Nazi Germany.
The rule of law is gone.
The House reflects the feelings of the people currently, and is closer to the people (elected every two years, not six). The Senate originally was intended to reflect the wishes of state legislatures, not the electors.
Remember the red and blue voting maps, showing counties voting Republican. Even California had large red areas.
Welcome to pure democracy - only now the two foxes are the Dims and the chicken is the Repugs and it's time to decide who's for dinner. Maybe they will take vigorous action instead of just caving again, but I get the feeling that they want the same things the Dims do - they just don't have the gonads to actually say it out loud. Who would have figured that the Lefties were less cowardly than the Right???