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Reid under pressure to use “nuclear option” to limit minority party power (update)

You remember the post I did about the presidential appointments to the NLRB that were deemed by all but the Democrats to be illegal?

Well, there’s a move afoot to use what is being referred to as the “nuclear option” to fix that.  The Washington Examiner explains:

Senate Democrats are considering invoking the so-called “nuclear option,” which would curb the minority party’s use of the filibuster and prevent Republicans from blocking presidential nominations.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., signaled privately to President Obama that he may change Senate rules this month so it would take only 51 votes – instead of the current 60 – to approve judicial and executive branch nominees.

Democrats now control 55 Senate votes. Republicans have 45, but the GOP often still asserts itself by using the filibuster to keep nominations or legislation from coming to a vote.

Republicans charge that imposing the nuclear option would virtually eliminate the minority party’s chief means of keeping the majority in check and jeopardize any potential bipartisan agreements on top-priority legislation, including immigration reform, the budget and tax reform.

So, what would happen in the case of the NLRB appointments?  If Reid (who by the way, adamantly opposed such a rule change when he was in the minority and spoke eloquently  - well as eloquently as is possible for Harry Reid – about how it destroyed the rights of the minority) does this, then 51 Democrats will dutifully line up and “legalize” the NLRB without the minority party having had any voice in the matter.

That’s not how our republic was supposed to function.  In fact, our founders were just as adamant as Reid was previously about minority rights.  James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 10, “the great danger in republics is that the majority will not respect the rights of minority.” President Thomas Jeffersonproclaimed in his first inaugural address, “All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate which would be oppression.”

Reid, of course, now believes that to be poppycock.  Instead he’d prefer that the minority simply hush and let he and the Democrats appoint whomever they wish whenever they wish.  Of course, we all know how quickly his position would change should he suddenly become the minority leader again.  And that should tell you all you need to know about why this is a terrible idea and one that he nor the Democrats would stand for were they on the other side of the line.

But then, political expediency seems to trump statesmanship today and we’re all the worse for it.

UPDATE: Ah, the other shoe drops:

The Hill reports: “The nuclear option strategy is gaining momentum in the Senate in part because of growing pressure from organized labor, which wants Reid to break the impasse over the NLRB.  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka … will call for rules changes at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank, Wednesday morning.”

Payoff time.

~McQ

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30 Responses to Reid under pressure to use “nuclear option” to limit minority party power (update)

  • And how valiantly and bravely they will fight if they lose the majority and the evil scum sucking satan spawned women hating racist rich white (that’s probably enough, but I have more) Republicans EVER try and use such tactics.

    Fine, let it all burn.
    They really can’t do it forever, they just think they can.
     

    • The NLRB is an antique.  It no longer has any real function, except to keep other dinosaurs alive by distorting the market, the law, and the best interest of the “worker”.

      • Yeah, but this won’t be the last time they head the filibuster rule off at the pass, so it’ll become normal for them to do while they’re the majority.
        And eventually they’ll lose that, and the wailing and weeping and moaning and media outcry when the Republicans act like they’re going to drop the same boulder on the heroes will be loud and long.   We’ll hear cries of “Unprecedented!”,  “Destroying our democracy!” and “trampling the rights of the minority!” and so on and so on.

        At this point, I don’t care, “For they sow the wind and they shall reap the whirlwind”.
        In the end, legally constituted or not, the NLRB does what the king commands and has done so since he illegally populated it, and will continue to do so and no one stops it.
         

    • Their time is coming

  • Do it! Set precedent! Give us an excuse!
    Capture govt. Bring it to bear on the left. Destroy them.

    Please Sen. Reid, give us an excuse.

  • You’d think after the brilliant display of Reid and Pelosi on the Obamacare fiasco that they’d be kicked to the curb, but nooooooooooooooooooooooo.

  • UPDATE: Ah, the other shoe drops:
    The Hill reports: “The nuclear option strategy is gaining momentum in the Senate in part because of growing pressure from organized labor, which wants Reid to break the impasse over the NLRB.  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka … will call for rules changes at the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank, Wednesday morning.”
    Payoff time.

    Strange, but I just got a flashback of the Viet Cong.
    I also had a memory of my Vietnamese buddy Nguyen’s tattoo that read “Sat Cong”.
     

  • I got news for you guys. Reid is simply acting in a rational fashion since he knows that gop is never going to get a majority ever again.  Welcome to permenant one party rule.

  • The GOP is using tactics to deny votes on Presidential nominees at an unprecedented level.  They are the problem, especially the radical right tea party wing, which is trying to stop progress and stay in the 20th Century.  Time to kick them in the butt.   I say go for it Reid, don’t worry about the whining from the right!  They’re fighting a lost cause anyway – we’re in the 21st Century, the world is changing fast!

    • LOL you’re beyond parody.
       

    • But don’t worry- the Dems won’t hold forever. And when that power changes hands, don’t think we won’t make sure the same isn’t done to you….or your kids.
       

    • The GOP is using tactics to deny votes on Presidential nominees at an unprecedented level.

      Which of your moonbat punk-miesters did you glean that from, Erp.  Citations, please.
      While you are at it, cite to your “historical fact” you alluded to on markets becoming gangsta operations without gubmint.
      Oh, and your model for when that has happened.  AND your refutation of my models where markets function without regulation.

    • …the world is changing fast!

      Well, in some respects, to be sure.  Liberty is pushing back, as shown by the liberation of gun rights in all 57 states now.
      Human nature does not change however.  That dictatorial narcissistic squid in the seat of power is behaving exactly as have all those despots before him.
      As are all you bung-suckers in the Collective who support his tyranny.

    • ” unprecedented”

      Well, except for when the Democrats did it.

    • Nice recitation of the Dem talking points Erb. I can’t wait for the day when power shifts (which it will) and then I’ll gloat everytime you complain about how your side isn’t being respected by the majority.

    • the radical right tea party wing…”

      “radical right”?
      How about calling them ρ > 54.328, 12.83° ≤ φ ± n×360° < 93.28°, z < -4 extremists?  Or, you could use astronomy and declare, “those teabaggers are all the way into Sagittarius ♐ in early November!!  Or: “they are within one square of the queen’s rook!!!”
      Giving indefinite adjectives of large distance in arbitrary imaginary coordinate systems is utterly meaningless.

      “…which is trying to stop progress and stay in the 20th Century. … They’re fighting a lost cause anyway – we’re in the 21st Century, the world is changing fast!

      Yes, we have twitter and Simpsons cartoons, so denial of rights and invasion of privacy, expanding government power, is just “good and necessary”.  Get used to the lash, because that’s what it’s going to take to tweak those power differentials and usher in a brave new world!

      • Ah, Elliott, don’t take thing so seriously.  Take it easy, life is beautiful!

        • Ride high while you can b*tch.

          Your time comes faster than you think.

        • Your response is WONDERFULLY SELECTIVE and fluffy, Erp.
          Got substance…???

        • I don’t take you seriously, Scot.  Most of what you write is either false or misdirection.
          Life can be beautiful, particularly when people aren’t under the burden of big government.  If your family gets murdered in a drone strike, or killed in a wrong-door SWAT raid, or you just lose your job because government hamstringing of the private sector makes it too costly to keep you on…well, I guess that’s not so beautiful.
          But you like to ignore those things, up in your ivory tower, Scottt.

          • Silly Elliot.  I do not support drone strikes and the like.  Most “left of center” do not.  You need to relax, take it easy, get perspective.  The material is only a reflection of the spiritual.  Don’t forget that.

          • I do not support drone strikes and the like.  Most ‘left of center’ do not.

            You supported Obama starting a new war in Libya.  You’ve attacked his critics.  I’ve never seen you making any criticism of drone strikes, invasions of privacy, and all the other nasty things that Obama has done just like his predecessor, though you certainly never held back in criticizing Bush.
            Your unflinching partisanship is obvious to anyone who read you.  That you persist in attempting to fool anyone that you are not a Democrat propagandist is so astoundingly irrational that it is a source for great mirth around here.  The Ott Scerb character is so funny precisely because of that.

            The material is only a reflection of the spiritual.

            Supernatural things are make believe.  There are no such thing as spirits.
            And, if you think that the material world matters little, you shouldn’t care so much about politics.  But that is your life’s mission, is it not?  How can you not see the utter contradiction?

          • I wrote:

            If your family gets murdered in a drone strike, or killed in a wrong-door SWAT raid, or you just lose your job because government hamstringing of the private sector makes it too costly to keep you on…well, I guess that’s not so beautiful.

            Scott wrote:

            You need to relax, take it easy, get perspective.  The material is only a reflection of the spiritual.  Don’t forget that.

            Real people suffer and die in the real world, but you want to talk about spirits and magical mumbo jumbo, rather than acknowledging that real life human beings suffer real life problems as a result of politics.
            You should quit your job, become a guru or pastor or whatever it is that suits your particular brand of denial of reality.

  • And here’s a comedy segment of what Erb’s “21st Century” sounds like in regards to government.

    http://www.hughhewitt.com/wp-content/uploads/07-11hhs-lileks.mp3

  • Erb, once again, speaks from both sides of his mouth.He attacks the GOP for doing exactly what the Democrats were doing back in the day.In fact, back in 2006, Erb defended the Democrats very use of the filibuster in judicial nominations by the Bush administration.So Erb you can go back to your Democratic masters and collect your 30 pieces of silver.

  • Today, in a landmark decision, Chief Justice Bork’s Supreme Court decided in a 6-3 decision that President Obama’s radical healthcare law was unconstitutional.