Harry Reid: I Reserve My Right To Object
posted at 6:57 pm on December 5, 2012 by Duane Patterson
Since Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner dropped on Congressional leaders the President’s plan last Thursday, complete with tax hikes, a quarter trillion in new spending, and supreme control over how much we borrow and when we borrow it, Washington lefties have accused the Republicans of playing games, hostage taking, and not recognizing that the Democrats won, they lost. They have no intention of negotiating further with Republicans on avoiding the fiscal crisis, because they believe A) there’s no real crisis. They can always print more money. There are no consequences printing presses cannot solve. And B) they’re projecting. They accuse Republicans of playing games while perfectly content using the American taxpayer as a pawn while they demagogue the issue and attempt to blame what they expect to be a dire economy as being the Republicans’ fault.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell put the lie to the rhetoric in 3 minutes today on the floor of the United States Senate. Working on a piece of legislation dealing with Russia, McConnell used his leader privilege to offer a straight up or down vote on Geithner’s proposal. He’s so confident that there is not only no support from the Republican side of the aisle, there’s no support from the Democratic side, either. If Barack Obama’s plan, as proposed by his Treasury Secretary, were to be voted on by a Democratically-controlled Senate, even after the American people have spoken and the mandate has been claimed, there would not be 51 votes. There might not even be 30.
So what does Majority leader Harry Reid say, who has been one of the chief bomb throwers in the rhetoric department, when McConnell asks for unanimous consent to present the Geithner plan as an amendment to the Russia bill, or offer it as its own stand-alone bill?
So out of one side of Reid’s mouth this week, he’s planning on blowing up the filibuster rules so that he takes one weapon away from the minority to stop bad legislation by removing the 60 vote threshold to move to debate on a motion or bill. Right now, to force that 60 vote opening filibuster, all one has to do is object to unanimous consent, just like Harry Reid did today. Out of the other, he’s using the standard rules to keep his side from being embarrassing their own President on an issue no one on the Hill believes to be serious.