Skip to comments.Republicans plan 30-hour talkathon to protest 'nuclear option' use in Senate
Posted on 12/11/2013 1:22:28 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Senate Republicans will stage a more than 30-hour talkathon on the Senate floor to protest Democrats triggering of the "nuclear option" last month.
The GOP protest, which could extend into the weekend, will throw a wrench in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reids (D-Nev.) hopes of wrapping up legislative business for 2013 as soon as possible.
Republicans will delay a final vote on Cornelia Pillard, one of President Obamas picks for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, until about 1 a.m. Thursday.
Then, Senate Republicans will hold the floor throughout the night, speaking out against Reids use of the nuclear option. Reid invoked the controversial tactic before Thanksgiving to strip Republicans of the power to filibuster judicial and executive branch nominees. The rules change did not affect Supreme Court picks.
When you blow up the Senate rules, there has to be a consequence, said a Republican senator.
Well stretch this into the weekend if need be, said the GOP lawmaker.
A GOP source said that so far 36 senators have signed up for hour-long speaking slots on the Senate floor, which would tie up business until early Friday morning.
The tactic is similar to all-night talk sessions Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) held on the floor to protest the administrations drone policy and the Affordable Care Act, respectively.
A Senate Democratic leadership aide said the GOP floor protest will not stop the Senate from voting on other nominees Thursday.
"All they're doing is highlighting their own impotence," said the aide. "The Republicans no longer have the tools to delay that they had before."
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) started the extended debate Wednesday afternoon by slamming Pillards nomination and decrying the Democrats unilateral effort to rewrite Senate procedures.
Republicans are still fuming over the use of the nuclear option, which allowed Democrats to change Senate rules with a simple majority vote. Traditionally, 67 votes are needed to alter the rules.
What they did on this rules change, the first time in the history of the United States Senate that we changed the rules without 67 votes, said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The ill will that has been inflicted by that action is incalculable.
Democrats argue they did not rewrite the Senate rules but instead changed the chambers precedent, which has the effect of a rules change.
Reid argued the Senate changed its rules 18 times since 1977 before triggering the nuclear option.
Republicans say they will retaliate by forcing Reid to call in his colleagues to a vote on Pillard after midnight.
I imagine people will want a full and robust debate on this very controversial nominee, said a Senate GOP leadership aide.
"This is exactly the sort of nominee who had zero chances of confirmation before the nuclear option," said another senior GOP aide.
Reid could alter the schedule by postponing the vote on Pillard until regular business hours on Thursday, a GOP aide noted.
Democrats, who themselves are irate over Republican obstruction, said they will stick to their plan to confirm Pillard as soon as possible, even if it leaves them bleary-eyed.
Were voting at 1 a.m. if Republicans keep playing their damn games, said a Democratic aide.
Yay for protests. So much better than action . . .
What’s the rush? Why not wait another month?
Klingon proverb: Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Yeah, that will have them quaking in their jackboots.
There would be no revenge from McConnell and Bonehead
Nice but TOO LATE!!! It’s the CHRISTMAS season and everyone is BUSY and PARTYING.....they are NOT TUNED IN!!! A WASTE!!! SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE WHEN IT HAPPENED!!!! IDIOTS!
I doubt they have the guts.
to be followed by brandy and cigars with their Good Friends from across the aisle (don’t doubt me)
Senate Republicans protest to allow them to surrender to Democrats in the manner of their choosing.
You forgot pat on the backs, laughing and smiles all around.......Just saying.
That’s what I’m wondering, why didn’t they do this
BEFORE the rats pulled the switch???
Slow thinking is no way to win a dog fight.
How about we all refuse to pay our taxes and teach the treasonous dem bastards the meaning of the word “impotent”.
Too late you morons.
I know, how about planning to do it in 2022 when Ryan’s cuts go into effect.
why protest it? you are just giving them ammo to use against you when we retake the Senate next year and wish to keep the same process.
They’ll be talking to an empty room and no television audience.
The GOP will NOT use the same tactics against the dems.
I guarantee it.
Are these the same GOP Senators that blasted Paul, Cruz and Lee for such a tactic?
Ur doing a heck of a job there Mitchie....
Just call me a "glass half full" kind of guy...smirk.
Filibuster used to be 67 votes, not 60. Blame Mondale.
“Republicans plan 30-hour talkathon to protest ‘nuclear option’ use in Senate”
That’ll show them. What a cackle of do-nothings.
It's best served hot compared to the usual Republican method of sticking it in the back of the refrigerator until it gets moldy and is thrown out long after anyone can figure out what it is anymore.
You are absolutely right. It’s theater. People are still being duped by this. They’ve had 5+ years to fight resist this slip into tyranny.
We will hang together or we will hang separately. Either way we will hang.
Which might be the only reason to do it. Keeping in mind that they like DC’s consolidation of power and are not constitutional conservatives. When they have power, we’ll wonder why they’re not decreasing government and getting us back to the constitution. “Well, gosh darn it, the Democrats keep obstructing us.”
This will accomplish precisely bupkis.
Wow! THAT”LL teach those meanies a thing or two!
I'm curious Sarge: What would you have done earlier and differently? Was there a way for the Republicans to prevent the nuclear option from passing?
So what do you suggest they do instead?
Because we are all cowards. Because we are about TEA, alright, but only in name and lip service, plain and simple.
When the republicans were getting ready to do the same thing, McCain rounded up a Gang of 14 to prevent it. The announcement of the blocking move was made a few hours before Frist was going to set the process in motion.
So, if the republicans wanted to stop this, for the second time, all they had to do was round up a sufficient number of Democrats to prevent Reid from getting a majority.
Failing that, the 30 hour token protestS (plural) should have started that day, and continued.
I'm not impressed at all with the planned show of protest. They might as well just carry on "as normal." If they protest about the loss of the right of a minority to block nominations, then the party comes off as hypocritical, just as much so as Reid who flipped flopped the other way.
“So what do you suggest they do instead?”
How about no more unanimous consent on anything, period?
“BLAH BLAH BLAH”.
As long as Obamacare is law, he wins and America dies.
I’m sorry but I want to see less talk and more action from both sides of the Republican party.
I am tired of talk.While they talk,Obama gets away with murder and the destruction of our economy and civil rights.
They can have their Talk-a-thon but I won’t be watching.I’ve had it.
You go first.
hasn’t worked for anyone yet.
*Klingon proverb: Revenge is a dish best served cold.*
No, I think not, but they should have been shouting en masse about this to the public. We barely heard a peep.
No. That is symbolic and useless. Make it hurt. The GOP should deny “unanimous consent” every time it is requested. make the Senate read everything, vote on everything, and do everything by the book, without any shortcuts. The House should cut funding to any court with a judge approved through the shortcut, and the cut should match the salary of the marginal judge, with no negotiations on those cuts.
The GOP protest, which could extend into the weekend, will throw a wrench in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reids (D-Nev.) hopes of wrapping up legislative business for 2013 as soon as possible. Republicans will delay a final vote on Cornelia Pillard, one of President Obamas picks for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, until about 1 a.m. Thursday.Thanks Cincinatus' Wife.
Sarge, given the orientation of the mainstream media, how do we know the Republicans didn't sound off on this? In fact many of them did sound off, but their message never got out. If the roles had been reversed the media would have handled the matter immediately for the Democrats.
The media is the real enemy. They bury anything unfavorable to the liberal side, ignore liberal lies and hypocrisy, and distort conservative messages beyond recognition.
Girls, girls, girls ...... come on. <sigh>
This is so stupid. Like he said, do something.
During the 2012 Republican convention, Mark Halperin, formerly of TIME and before that a Clinton staffer (how many Clinton staffers are "journalists" now?), came on to Charlie Rose's set in the PBS prebends in the convention hall and gloated that nobody would see either the Romney "introduction to the voters" video the GOP had put together, nor the great speech by Clint Eastwood.
Halperin, chapped by Clint's bravura performance, promised Charlie that whatever the GOP message was, would get so sliced, diced, and spun-up by Halperin's evil 'RatMedia towel buddies as to be utterly incomprehensible to the electorate. (Call that coverage "accurate, but deliberately FUBAR".)