Obama: Nuking the filibuster would mark the “end of democratic debate”
posted at 1:26 pm on July 12, 2013 by Guy Benson
That quote is from Senator Obama in 2005, natch. Now that Republicans are blocking a tiny handful of President Obama’s (illegally appointed) nominees, the preservation of “democratic debate” has become a less urgent concern:
The White House has bestowed its blessing on Harry Reid’s ‘nuclear’ designs, which he’s likely to detonate early next week. Be sure to watch this highlight reel for a fuller appreciation of Senate Democrats’ abject hypocrisy on the matter. I recognize that squabbles among professional politicians over the minutiae of parliamentary procedure is excruciatingly boring to most Americans. That being said, this is the most urgent and important story in Washington right now. As abstruse as this partisan tug-of-war may seem on the surface, the recent history of this power grab is quite interesting — and, depending on your perspective, enraging. The arrogance and lawlessness that reigns in Harry Reid’s United States Senate is galling. As Americans coast toward the weekend and fixate on #Sharknado and the Zimmerman trial, our federal system of checks and balances is on the brink of suffering a lasting blow next week, based on the thinnest of pretexts. Senator Obama warned that such an action would poison the upper chamber and only exacerbate gridlock and acrimony. Today’s Barack Obama may help prove yesteryear’s Barack Obama correct. Change.
Parting thought: This is a tangential point, but it’s been bugging me. Democrats and the news media (but I repeat myself) have taken to hyperventilating whenever Ted Cruz “oversteps his bounds” or whatever as a freshman Senator. Look what this radical is doing to our precious institution of the Senate, they wail. Now cut to the filibuster debate. The current push to overthrow decades of Senate precedent has in large measure been spearheaded by highly ideological Democratic freshmen. Think about it: They’re not just talking back to their elders here; they’re orchestrating a maneuver that Harry Reid once called “un-American” and “breaking the rules to change the rules.” (He also promised that the nuclear option would be off the table under his leadership, but then again, he’s a liar). Why aren’t members of DC’s media establishment fanning themselves in horror over Senate Democrats’ impudent freshmen, or sounding the alarm and loudly concern-trolling about Reid’s imminent and unprecedented power play? I wonder.