Democrats are stunned by some of Donald Trump’s selections for cabinet positions but, thanks to a decision by Harry Reid to nuke the filibuster rule in the Senate, there will be very little they can do to block Trump’s picks. Today, the outgoing Senator tells Politico he has no regrets about invoking the nuclear option:
Reid’s most controversial move as leader — invoking the “nuclear option” on Senate confirmations — will leave his party essentially powerless to halt Trump’s Cabinet selections.
Reid insisted that it was the right thing to do.
“I don’t know if it’s my biggest achievement, but I’m satisfied we did it. We had to. Look at why it was done,” said Reid, who turned 77 this month. “We got almost 100 judges approved … we saved the integrity of different agencies of government. No, think of what our country would’ve been without that.”
Reid predicts the filibuster will eventually be done away with entirely. He tells Politico, “You can’t have a democracy decided by 60 out of 100, and that’s why changing the rules is one of the best things that has happened to America in a long time. It’s good for us, it’s good for them.” It certainly is going to be good for the GOP over the next few months and Democrats will have Harry Reid to thank.
As for the unexpectedly weak performance of Democrats at the polls, Reid blames that on James Comey. “I mean, if Comey kept his mouth shut, we would have picked up a couple more Senate seats and we probably would have elected Hillary,” Reid tells Politico.
A couple of Democratic Senators quoted in the piece predict Reid will be remembered fondly. I’m not so sure and not just because of his decision on the nuclear option. Guy Benson has put together a list of ten of Reid’s greatest hits including his lies about Mitt Romney’s taxes and attacks on the Koch brothers. If you had to sum up his approach to governing in one short video clip, this one might be it: