According to the National Journal:
“The American people believe Congress is broken,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the floor Thursday morning. “The American people believe that the Senate is broken. And I believe that the American people are right.”
With that, the Nevada Democrat set in motion a change to the Senate’s filibuster rules that has been years in the making…The change comes after a series of Republican filibusters on Obama nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court. Reid said on the floor that he would like to see an up or down vote on nominations, not including the Supreme Court.
So Harry Reid wants to change the rules of the Senate to make it harder for the Republicans to filibuster whatever radical leftists that President Obama nominates to the courts. Harry Reid believes that this is the right move, and that he has the authority to do this; but apparently he forgets that he was on the other side of the issue when George W. Bush was President. As the Wall Street Journal points out:
“In 2008, Mr. Reid himself swore that as long as he was leader, he would never turn to the nuclear option, saying it would be a “black chapter in the history of the Senate.”
Ironically, back in 2005, Reid called the tactics he used today “Un-American, and Illegal”:
As if that were not enough, Harry Reid participated in tactics today that ‘will poison Washington” and that go against what “the Founders had in mind”…at least according to then Senator and current President Barack Obama:
But then again, its only an Illegal, Un-American, poisonous black chapter that the Founders would have been against when the Republicans do it right? Hypocrisy thy name is Harry Reid.
According to Fox News, the Democrats succeeded in their mission:
Senate Democrats bowled over Republicans on Thursday to win approval for a highly controversial rule change which would limit the GOP’s ability to block nominees. Majority Leader Harry Reid, moving quickly following days of speculation, used the so-called “nuclear option” to pass the change. Typically, major changes like this take 67 votes, but he did it with just a simple majority. With Republicans fuming, the change weakens the power of the minority to stall nominations for top positions. Instead of needing 60 votes to break a filibuster, the change means Democrats will now need just 51.