Harry Reid’s “evolving” position on the filibuster
Harry Reid–who during the campaign said there was no way his Senate would work with Mitt Romney if he won the presidency–is now complaining that Republicans are unwilling to work with Barack Obama and because of this he is seriously considering changing the filibuster rules. This is an idea which now seems to be gaining steam within Democrat circles and in all honestly they have the right under Article 1 Section 2 of the constitution to determine the rules of proceedings so I am not going to complain about Harry Reid’s decision but rather point out his hypocrisy.
The Democrats are now calling this the “constitutional option” but it wasn’t all that long ago when George Bush was the president that they referred to the Republicans’ attempt at changing the filibuster rule for appointing judges as the “nuclear option.” Funny how attitudes change with the change of power, isn’t it?
And speaking of power, this is what Harry Reid had to say back in 2005 about the Republicans’ attempt at eliminating the filibuster for judicial nominees:
This is not about judges, it’s about the arrogance of power
Back then Harry Reid was upset with the Republicans for being arrogant and using this arrogance to assume more power (Remember how the Democrats claimed the rights of the minority party must be protected?) yet now he seems to have been seduced by that very same arrogance of power himself.
But it gets even better, this is part of what Harry Reid said back in 2005:
Rather than changing the Senate rules, shouldn’t we be concerned about the largest deficits in the history of the world?
Now that is priceless when looking at the deficits now, isn’t it? While I am not defending President Bush’s deficits or his out of control spending those deficits–which Barack Obama called unpatriotic when he was running for his first term–pale in comparison to the deficits now confronting the United States and yet Harry Reid isn’t heeding his own advice from 2005 and is instead concentrating his efforts on changing the Senate rules.
Apparently Harry Reid thinks there are two sets of rules to live by–one for Republicans and one for Democrats–either that or his position has “evolved” over they years and it just happens to coincide with which party is in power.