Friday, November 22, 2013

Harry Goes Nuclear....

Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted 52 to 48 in favor of the so called "nuclear option" - a rule change in the Senate that will prevent minority filibusters of some Presidential appointees, particularly some judges and executive appointments. 

Changing over 200 years of tradition, Reid's move goes directly against what he, Joe Biden and then Senator Barack Obama said back in 2005 when Republicans were considering the same rule change.

"I urge my Republican colleagues not to go through with changing these rules," Obama said on the Senate floor in 2005. "In the long run it is not a good result for either party. One day Democrats will be in the majority again and this rule change will be no fairer to a Republican minority than it is to a Democratic minority."

Harry Reid, in 2005, said of the Republican plan to change the rules “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."

Interesting how people change their opinions based on who is in control, huh?

"A deliberate and determined effort to obstruct everything, no matter what the merits, just to re-fight the results of an election is not normal," President Obama said of the change. "And for the sake of future generations, it cannot become normal."  This coming from a President who once said the Constitution was in his way because he was "constrained by the system our founders put in place."

When asked about Obama's change of opinion on this Senate rule change White House spokesman Josh Earnest cited increased Republican obstruction and the need to get the Senate working again.  "The circumstances have unfortunately changed for the worse since 2005," Earnest said.

Once again Democrats show their hypocrisy by being fervently against something when it's proposed by the other side but all in favor of it when it will work in their best interest.  I would caution Harry on one thing, however.  With all of the uproar over the failure of Obamacare, the lies told by the President and Obama's approval rating plummeting, if I were Harry Reid I'd already be making plans to change the rule back come December of 2014.  If the American people are still angry about their losses due to Obamacare by next year's election date the Senate and House could easily be under Republican control.  Does Reid really want to turn over control of the Senate to the Republicans with this new rule change still in effect?  

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