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!