Skip to comments.Senate Dems weaken GOP power with major filibuster rule change
Posted on 11/21/2013 10:17:57 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
Senate Democrats bowled over Republicans on Thursday to win approval for a highly controversial rule change which would limit the GOP's ability to block nominees.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, moving quickly following days of speculation, used the so-called "nuclear option" to pass the change. Typically, major changes like this take 67 votes, but he did it with just a simple majority.
With Republicans fuming, the change weakens the power of the minority to stall nominations for top positions. Instead of needing 60 votes to break a filibuster, the change means Democrats will now need just 51.
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This is huge. Why isn’t there 10,000, replies about this, here?
I’m just now processing this.
What goes around comes around.
When these filthy pigs get the boot in 2014, that will be the end of any 0bamunist appointments.
Reid and his ilk will soooooooo regret this.
What goes around, come around. We need many more republicans elected with stones though.
It works the other way around, too - when the GOP gets to do it. I can already hear them screaming about it, when it happens to them.
This cuts both ways. Since the dems play scorched earth politics more ruthlessly than the Republicans, I suspect that we may be the long term gainers.
What goes around, comes around.
Makes all these 2014 Senate races even more important.
You and I would simply pack the Federal courts with 2 judges to offset the marxist judges of obamasoetoro and reid once the Senate and WH flip.
BUT, the GOP is the Stupid Party. You know they won`t do that.
The hugeness will more than likely be reflected when and if the Republicans gain control of the Senate, then when following the rules they will be trashed as “unfair”. Reid may rue the day. Then again...
The Fascists (Democrats) are upset that the Republicans are stonewalling their march towards a totalitarian state by invoking totalitarian power in the Senate.
WHY EVEN BOTHER HAVING A VOTE ON ANYTHING ANYMORE? What's the point of voting if any effort to resist Fascism is futile?
The very thing that the Republicans are trying to fight has become a chilling reality.
What’s the big deal?
With McCain, Graham, Collins, Cornyn, etc., the Democrats never had a problem getting 60 votes.
This just saves everybody time.
And the one screaming the loudest will be Juan McCain.
“Senate Dems weaken GOP power with major filibuster rule change” Silence from puppet media is deafening.
So why hasn't Mitch been using the filibuster to beat Dingy like a drum?
Was he saving it for something more important?
“What goes around comes around. When these filthy pigs get the boot in 2014, that will be the end of any 0bamunist appointments”
Dems will just change rules again before the Senate switches and then cry like stuffed pigs if the republicans try the same thing. Republicans, being spineless weasels, will give in and be back to 60 for filibuster override.
It happens all the time. Dems are lawless thugs who need to be stopped in an overwhelming way to even come close to getting this country on the right track again.
Just wait until 2014. They will live to regret they ever did this.
Professional crooks cover all options.There is language in what was forced through that says if the Senate changes hands,rules revert back to a super-majority.Rules and laws only apply to republicans.
But remember RINOs saying defunding Obamacare would be a “bridge too far” and a “fools errand”. I hope this wakes some RINOs up.
Mitch McConnell is already planning that as new Senate Majority Leader in 2015, he will renounce the nuclear option and let the Democrats block any Republican initiatives with a filibuster threat.
I think Harry Reid should shave his mustache.
Rush said this was only a temporary deal.
We should know by now that GOP plays by Marquess of Queensberry fight rules while the rats play by street fight rules.
The Republicans need to IMMEDIATELY call the House bill for repealing 0bamacare. Let Harry Reid explain why they aren’t allowed to vote on that.
Time to shut the government down in December with the budget talks. And keep the damned thing shut down.
They broke the rules to change the rules?
Point of Order!
There is only one year until the mid-term election, where we have every opportunity to pack the Senate if we don’t give the Democrats ANYTHING to use as ammunition against the Republicans. Right now, what Republicans need to do is follow the same M.O. as Obamacare, delay and deny. But the delay must come before the election, so we can deny after the election.
McConnel should be dragged from office. He is a danger to the nation. He should be defeated next year regardless.
Hey McCain, Hey Lindsey, Hey Mitch, you bastard weenie establishment FOOOOOOOLS ..
WTF will you EVER learn who we are up against?????
Frankly, I think they did this because the Democrats are scared to death of what’s going to happen to them in the 2014 elections due to the Obamacare debacle.
As such, they are determined to pack the courts now as much as they can with far-left-wing Democrats that would favorable to them over any bills and election challenges in 2014 and 2016.
I have to laugh at all the “just wait until the Republicans take over” posts here. If they do get a majority there will always be a few across the aisle types. Hell, they might even reinstate the 60 vote rule for nominees in the interest of healing old wounds so we can all just get along.
Heh-heh-heh! I like it!
another nail in the coffin. with all the dead people voting, Republicans will not win control over anything in 2014 . that’s the only reason they did this because they know they will be in power forever .
Their, fixed it...
Well it’s the only way Obama can get friends and relatives into positions of power for the Big Take Over and Obama declares himself President For Life
NO NEED Discussed Here in length
Damn you dems! Damn you all to hell!
And Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans appear to have just quietly rolled over like a dog waiting get their belly scratched.
Boy, real tactitions those Republicans are, huh? They never saw this coming. Caught totally by surprise, and really don’t have much to say about it.
What a sorry bunch of Republican “leaders” we have in the Senate.
Example of how the communists empire works. Reid is a perfect of a communists Democrat. He is rotten crap.
No they won’t. The Repukelicans are too gutless to use it to its benefit; I would expect that they will change it back if they ever get the majority in the Senate again.
how so?? unless you are speaking to the fact that everybody dies at some point. this level of corruption in DC will not just go away or get voted out.
“Well its the only way Obama can get friends and relatives into positions of power for the Big Take Over and Obama declares himself President For Life.”
Clearly the Democrats and their backers are doing everything possible to seize power over the United States permanently. I don’t buy the notion that Obama wants to be president for life, I think he’s just a puppet. Watch him, it’s obvious he can’t wait to tee-off on a big golf course somewhere in Hawaii in early 2017 without all these distractions.
Another reason senators should be appointed by state legislatures.
This is tyranny.
But ... we have been seeing tyranny for years. The underhanded manner in which 0bamacare was passed is tyranny. The complete ignoring of Constitutional limits on government power is tyranny. The use of government largesse (AKA stolen money) to buy votes is tyranny. Regulatory taking of property is tyranny.
We’re up to our ears in tyranny.
I'm thinking Dingy Harry will "cave to the pressure" and change the rule back in the lame duck period of the Dems lose in 2014, '16 or as long as he is emitting green house gas on this earth.
This is treason!
What can we do short of ...
Perhaps this is the REAL reason the Senate has invoked the nuclear option NOW.. Because they are afraid the House ‘Repeal of Obamacare Bill’ might actually PASS in the Senate if Republican votes are counted.
Also, there's talk that the so-called “nuclear option” is only in place so long as the Donkeys hold the Senate. If they lose control in 2014, Senate rules reset and the old filibuster rules of 60 votes for cloture make a come back.