Harry Reid, the little dictator, has ordered the GOP to go along with his filibuster rules or face the “nuclear option.” They have 24 to 36 hours to comply.
via The Hill
Filibuster reform has become a headache for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Reid is stuck in the middle, between liberal senators pushing hard for drastic reform and senior Democrats balking at changing the culture of the upper chamber.
Powerful liberal groups and left-leaning lawmakers see filibuster reform as necessary to advancing President Obama’s second-term agenda, which includes immigration reform and gun-control legislation…
In other words, he wants to shut down the Republican members of Congress and run the Senate as if they didn’t exist. He will do anything to make that happen. He has more moderate Democrats pushing against any use of the Nuclear Option, putting him in the middle of the far left of which he is one and the moderate base.
Dick Morris’ take:
According the The Hill, “The Progressive Change Campaign Committee on Tuesday launched a 36-hour pressure campaign targeting Democratic senators to back using the nuclear option to implement an ambitious reform package.”
Reid is being told what to do by the Progressives though he is receiving push back from the more moderate members including Sens. Carl Levin (Mich.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.), who do not want to see the Nuclear Option used.
When the tables were turned and the Republicans were in charge, they fought using the nuclear option – they were played:
…You may remember that term Nuclear Option…when the GOP controlled the Senate during the Bush Administration in 2005 and faced obstruction from Democrats on confirming judges, former Senate Majority leader Bill Frist thought about using this, but was talked out of it by the Gang of Fourteen, a bi-partisan group of senators that pledged not to use the Nuclear Option and change the rules, but to compromise and not filibuster except ‘under extraordinary circumstances’.
The leader of that group? Senator John McCain, flanked by Republicans Olympia Snow, Susan Collins, Lindsay Graham, Lincoln Chaffey, Mike DeWine, and John Warner.
The rationale given by McCain then was -wait for it – that someday they would be in the minority and would want their rights similarly respected!
Harry Reid,the Minority leader at that time welcomed the compromise and touted it publicly as a true example of bipartisan cooperation.
As we can see now, behind everyone’s back he and his pals were laughing uproariously at the Republican members of the Gang of 14’s naïveté and stupidity in trusting him and his fellow Democrats to make that same quid pro quo once they got their hands on power.
I hope every one of the three Republican on the list above still in the Senate realizes how badly they were played and what idiots they were to trust Harry Reid and his minions…