If you’re like me, and you’ve thought to yourself, “God, Harry Reid is a sniveling, little weasel,” wait ‘til you get a load of this…
The most powerful man in the Senate has been quietly laying the
groundwork for something big.
Something that would shift significant
power away from senators over to Obama and his White House.
In fact, several Democratic sources claim that Reid is invoking what is referred to as “the nuclear option.”
The nuclear route has implications as dramatic as its name. What Reid
is attempting would destroy the very institution of the United States
And the short-term benefits could blow up in the faces of every single Washington Democrat come 2014…
“Dad always used to say the only causes worth fighting for were the lost causes.”
That, of course, is a classic quote from James Stewart in the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll recall Stewart playing a young,
idealistic senator conducting a filibuster in an effort to stop a
corrupt public works bill from passing. Of course, not all filibusters
are that righteous.
Whatever the cause, though, filibusters do play a vital role in the
nomination and legislative process. They give senators the ability to
uphold their principles and employ the full extent of our checks and
But now Harry Reid is putting to vote a sneaky move for which he’s
been rounding up support. He wants to limit the use of filibuster for
executive branch nominations and have the ruling take effect as early as
next week. And it seems he has enough support within the Democratic
caucus to move forward.
Under current Senate rules, 60 votes are needed to overcome a
filibuster. But Reid wants to change the rules. He wants a majority rule
to overcome filibuster on legislation and nominations, meaning only 51
votes would be needed.
Some might look at this as just nine fewer votes – why is there cause for concern?
Well, in a Democrat-controlled Senate, nine fewer votes is about as
significant a number as it gets.
Presidential nominees would win their
post on straight majority vote, and, well, you don’t need me to tell you
how dramatic the implications are with that…
If the change passes, a massive power shift will swing in favor of the White House… That is, for the time being.
Playing With Fire
You see, Reid might be shooting his party in the foot come 2014.
Reid’s strategy is dangerous, to say the least. He’s essentially teeing
up Obama’s latest controversial appointees, who are coming up for vote
Gina McCarthy: Obama’s newly-appointed head of the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She faces opposition over her
role in regulations that will curtail emissions from future power
plants. This strategy won’t fly over well with Congress, who believe the
method will slow economic growth.
Thomas Perez: Obama’s newly-appointed head of the Labor
Department. Detractors say Perez made an unethical deal with city
officials in St. Paul, Minnesota. They claim that the officials dropped
out of a lawsuit against the city in exchange for Perez dropping his
support for a Supreme Court case that had potential to harm racial
Richard Cordray: Obama’s appointed director of the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). You might recall Cordray from
Obama’s recess appointments in January, which were ruled
unconstitutional. Now his opposition claims they want an overhaul to the
structure of the CFPB before confirming a nominee to run it.
But Reid’s efforts are shortsighted. He’s teeing up for 9 holes of golf when there are 18 to play…
As it stands, 2014 doesn’t look bright for Senate Democrats. And if
the GOP regains control of the Senate (which I boldly declare will happen), conservatives will have a field day with the new voting format.
Think about it…
Through a majority vote, they too would be able to weaken the
filibuster system. By further weakening the system, they’ll be able to
aggressively advance the conservative agenda. That means, first and
foremost, the full repeal of Obamacare.
While the thought makes me excited, Reid is playing a dangerous game
with a vital procedure. Keep an eye out for a ruling coming in the very
near future. And don’t forget to follow Capitol Hill Daily on our Facebook (FB) page, where we break news on rulings just like this all the time…
Your eyes on the Hill,