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Update: 12:25: Reid and the Democrats voted to trigger the ‘nuclear option.’ The Democratically-controlled Senate moved on Thursday to strike down the long-standing filibuster rules for most presidential nominations, and did so on a mostly party-line vote that would alter nearly 225 years of precedent.
Filibusters are now eliminated for most presidential nominations.
One day, the chickens will come home to roost. If Republicans come into the majority at some point, the Democrats will suffer the results of their own folly.
Mr. Obama addressed the DSCC in Dallas, Texas on November 6th and in his comments he made this stunning pronouncement – he is remaking the courts. By ending filibustering of presidential judicial nominees, Reid has given Mr. Obama an open field to do exactly that. He is free to add left-wing judges freely, whether they are needed or not.
This was not an emergency. Out of 215 appointees, only 2 were rejected.
In addition to a power grab, it is an effort to change the conversation from Obamacare. Democrats Carl Levin, Mark Pryor and Joe Manchin voted with the Republicans. Pryor and Manchin are up for election.
The President is supportive of the nuclear option. He believes in Big Government, one party, one choice.
Original Story: 11/21/13: Harry Reid is currently on the Senate floor arguing for the ‘nuclear option’ to force through President Obama’s judicial nominees. He shows no signs of backing down.
Some Republicans are filibustering three judicial nominees. Using this option would mean Reid would push them through with 51 votes instead of 67. He seems to believe the opposition has to approve all nominees without question and, if not, he will run right over them.
Harry Reid was against the nuclear option before he was for it. In April 2005, Harry Reid was opposed to the nuclear option. Reid’s Democrats were blocking President Bush’s judicial nominees at the time.
He said, “The threat to change Senate rules is a raw abuse of power and will destroy the very checks and balances our founding fathers put in place to prevent absolute power by any one branch of government.”
The minority party has few options to oppose the majority party. The nuclear option would eliminate an important one.
Reid actually quoted scriptures to back up his bully tactic this morning.
He also said he doesn’t want the Senate to become obsolete. This is ironic coming from the man who won’t let any bills come to the floor.
If he does use the nuclear option, it will set off a firestorm on Capitol Hill.
Could this be another Obamacare distraction?
In July 2012, Harry Reid threatened the nuclear option when Republicans blocked some presidential nominees. President Obama had approved the move – not surprising. Reid said he would drop the threat if Republicans ended their filibuster which they did.
The filibuster is the only check on the majority. If it goes south, the majority will always decide every issue as they do in the House.
The do-nothing Senate majority leader of the do-nothing Senate, Harry Reid, claimed, “I ate sh..” on some of George Bush’s presidential nominees. He now regrets that. He wanted to end the filibuster at the time and invoke the nuclear option.
Reid is one classy guy! He is also dictatorial.
If Republicans should win the Senate in 2014, Mr. Reid might find himself on the receiving end of his own nuclear option.
In January of this year, he threatened the nuclear option. He ordered the GOP to go along with his filibuster rules or face the “nuclear option.” He gave them 24 to 36 hours to comply. That was resolved without the option being used.
In January 2011, he imposed the nuclear option to change the Senate rules. It was unprecedented. Reid and 50 members of his caucus voted to change Senate rules unilaterally to prevent Republicans from forcing votes on uncomfortable amendments after the chamber had voted to move to final passage of a bill. Reid’s coup passed by a vote of 51-48, leaving Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “fuming”