I remember back a few years ago when the Democrats were blocking federal judges (remember Miguel Estrada who might have been the first Hispanic Supreme court member) and the idea of the Nuclear option came up. Rush pushed it on his show and stressed that the democrats in a reverse position would not hesitate.

I disagreed, I think the preservation of the filibuster was vital to protect the rights of the minority party and when the decision was made to forgo said option I thought and still think it was the right move.

So apparently did Joe Biden who said:

Well it looks like Joe Biden fears came to roost yesterday as Harry Reid decided to ignore the VP advice and do “go nuclear”.

In a shocking development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules.

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 has voted to move to final passage of a bill.

Did he do it because he wanted to get a supreme court judge appointed? Did he do it to get the president’s job bill to the floor? Nope he did it because he knows his majority teeters on an edge and he didn’t want to risk an embarrassing vote 13 months before election day.

Well I still think this was a bad idea, and I don’t believe it, but then again I also don’t believe in unilateral disarmament. As one aide said:

“Just wait until they get into the minority!” one GOP staffer growled.

Congratulations Harry Reid, 13 months before an election that is likely to cement GOP control of both houses under a GOP president you have decided to make the argument moot. The next GOP president will be sending a long list of conservative judicial appointments that you and the left will not like, and my friends on the right, we are going to push them through under the same rules you have now made.

And as Jerry Shenk points out, it won’t just be judges:

The odds of GOP takeover of the Senate in 2012 are getting progressively stronger. The Reid move establishes a dangerous precedent for the minority party. Angry Senate Republicans won’t soon forget it. The repeal of Obamacare in January, 2013, may have just shifted from “possibility” to “likelihood,” thanks to a senior Senator who changed the rules simply to avoid embarrassment. Harry’s problems may be just beginning.

stupid, Stupid STUPID!

…at least that’s what David Broder thinks:

Palin has conducted a vendetta against the Murkowski family, and she became governor four years ago by upsetting Lisa’s father, Frank Murkowski, in another low-turnout GOP primary.

I understand the political class feels privileged and entitled but I didn’t realize that running again Frank Murkowski and defeating him constitutes a vendetta. Take it from a Sicilian American Dave, you don’t know from vendetta.

Before he left office, Frank Murkowski appointed Lisa to a vacant Republican Senate seat only to see her lose the nomination this year.

So let me get this straight, Murkowski’s seat was given to her on a silver platter by her father and this is not a problem? Imagiane how different the piece would have been if said appointment had been made by a governor Palin or Bush.

When she lost the primary, that was expected to be the end of her. Miller settled in for an easy race against a little-known Democrat in his Republican-leaning state. But Murkowski, with some notable help from anti-Palin elements and parts of the energy industry, decided to try a long-shot write-in campaig/

Hold on, are you saying that anti-Palin elements drove this campaign, and the energy industry, you mean big oil etc? I thought people like Palin were supposed to be in the pocket of big oil?

The second funniest line of the piece is this one:

The demographics required that Murkowski seek support from Democrats

Let’s see democrats who absolutely loathe Sarah Palin and hope to bring her down have a choice between voting for a democrat who has no prayer or helping to defeat a candidate endorsed by Palin knowing the MSM will jump all over her for it. That must have been a real tough choice for partisan democrats. I’m sure that Broder gives that fact a lot of weight in the results, doesn’t he?

“I think that’s what voters are looking for. I don’t think that most are looking for somebody that is going to follow the litmus test of one party or another, and never deviate from it. I think they want us to think, and I think they want us to work cooperatively together. So, that’s my pledge to all Alaskans, regardless of whether you are the most conservative Republican or the most liberal Democrat, I’m going to try to find a way that we can find common ground to help the state and to help our country.”

Want to know what the election was about? That’s an authoritative answer.

So a three-way election with a turnout about the size of the turnout of MA-4’s congressional race giving where the incumbent had an incredible financial advantage and the backing of both anti-Palin forces and big energy is what the election was all about. Call me a naif but I’d guess those 60+ seats including Ann Marie Buerkle and Renne Ellmers and Allen West and the tea party movement might have a tad more to do with things.

The media is desperate to change the narrative of the last election before the next one, expect a lot more of this for a while.

More to add-on to Saturday’s topics

Apparently the other statement didn’t do much good for her poll numbers:

“I have caucused with the Republicans in the past, I will be caucusing with the Republicans when I go back in January,” said Murkowski in a phone interview, responding to recent news reports speculating whether she’d buck the party, and comments Murkowski made over the weekend saying that if elected, she would represent Alaska before the Republican Party.

Is it going to be enough to make a difference? I wouldn’t bet a whole lot of money on it, but I must confess I like the spelling bee commercial, I think it’s cute and effective.

Lisa Murkowski managed to get a favorable court ruling to get the write-in list to the voters.

Dan Riehl noticed that the rules to get on the write-in list were, pretty loose.

so one blog post later and Presto

Michael Ames (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Daryl D. Anderson (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in – Denied – Received too late
Tigran A. “Tig” Andrew (Republican) – Write-in – Denied – Received too late
Susan J. Apling-Gilman (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
David J. Arduser (Republican) – Write-in – Denied – did not meet age requirement
Kevin Austin (Republican) – Write-in
Lawrence W. “Larry” Austin (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Carita Backman (Republican) – Write-in
Keith Barkwood (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Michelle A. Barnes (Republican) – Write-in – Denied – Received too late
Thomas Baxter (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
David E. Beeman (Republican) – Write-in
Vicky L. Beeman (Republican) – Write-in
LaVonne Boyd (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
David Boyle (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Red K. Bradley (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Richard O. Braun (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
William P. “Bill” Brownfield (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Ken Bullard (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Linda Bullard (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Richard O. Burns (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Michael Butler (Republican) – Write-in
Vern Carlson (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Tim Carter (Non-Affiliated) Nominating Petition Candidate
PO Box 435
Girdwood, AK 99587
Phone: (907) 947-9911
e-mail: tcarter1940@yahoo.com
Candidate’s web site: http://www.carterforsenate.org
Curtis G. Champagne (Republican) – Write-in
Elizabeth A. Cherry (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
John P. Collinge (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Fred W. “Bill” Colson (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Gary C.L. Cox (Republican) – Write-in
DaRae K. Crews (Non-Affiliated) – Write-in
Margaret A. “Maggie” Crowell (Republican) – Write-in
Lisa L. Crusberg (Rrepublican) – Write-in – Denied – Received too late
Guy A. Cummins (Democrat) – Write-in

That’s only up to the letter “C” Smitty comments:

Perhaps Lisa, Arlen Specter, and Charlie Crist can come together and found the “It’s Our Party And We’ll Cry If We Want To Party”.

and the MSM got it wrong:

Just hours before the final deadline, more than 100 Alaskans came out Thursday to file as write-in candidates in an effort to thwart Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s bid to retain her Senate seat.

At the urging of a local talk radio host, scores of people signed up to be write-in candidates with the Alaska Division of Elections before registration closed. …

But Dan corrects them

She mentioned the idea to me on a phone call, then I called some friends in Alaska to see if it was feasible. I learned we only had 24 hours, so I called my colleagues from Breitbart Media. Ultimately, that led to this Big Government post on the topic.

I sent it to some blogger friends, Ace is one who picked up on it. A reader of Ace’s placed a link to the Big Government item in comments at Just One Minute – pointing it out to a resident of Alaska.

Then that JOM reader went down and registered, calling the radio station afterward. They recounted the complete story in comments at JOM. See how easy reporting can be, my friend?

Dan you are a genius!