Barack Obama supports Harry Reid’s attempt at changing the filibuster: His position has apparently “evolved”
Yesterday I wrote about Harry Reid’s “evolving” position on the filibuster–he was against the “arrogance of power” when the Republicans threatened to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominees when George Bush was president before he was consumed with the “arrogance of power” now that the Democrats are in the majority. Today it is time to look at Barack Obama’s “evolving” position on the filibuster.
Earlier today the White House announced that Barack Obama has endorsed Harry Reid’s attempt to change the filibuster rules:
The President has said many times that the American people are demanding action,” read the statement from White House Director of Communications Dan Pfeiffer. “They want to see progress, not partisan delay games. That hasn’t changed, and the President supports Majority Leader Reid’s efforts to reform the filibuster process
According to this White House statement Barack Obama believes that the American people are tired of the gridlock so it is time to change the filibuster rules so that progress can be made.
But of course Barack Obama didn’t always feel this way, here is what he said as a Senator when the Republicans were trying to change the filibuster rules:
The American people want less partisanship in this town, but everyone in this chamber knows that if the majority party chooses to end the filibuster, if they chose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate, then the fighting and the bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse
So there you have it, Barack Obama has “evolved” in regard to his stance on the filibuster now that his party is in the majority in the Senate, much in the same manner he “evolved” on his stance on gay marriage when it served to his political advantage. What once signaled the “end to the democratic debate” he now considers to be the best, and only, way forward. The very definition of the “arrogance of power.”
What was once considered by Harry Reid to be the “arrogance of power” is now being supported by many of the same people–including Barack Obama–who once thought this signaled the end compromise and the silencing of the minority party. Funny now the thought process changes depending on which party holds the majority, isn’t it? The hypocrisy abounds.