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Then vs now: The Democrats on the “nuclear option”

November 22, 2013

  As you are all aware by now yesterday Harry Reid implemented what the Democrats once called the “nuclear option” which means the Democrats and Barack Obama will have free reign to make political and judicial appointments.

  The Democrats now believe this is a great thing and the only way to preserve democracy and do the business of the people, but of course they did not always feel the same way.

  When the Republicans threatened to do this several years ago they were singing a different tune, basically stating that this would be the end of democracy.

  Today MSNBC, you read that right, MSNBC ran a video highlighting the position that Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Harry Reid took when the Republicans threatened to do this. (MSNBC is probably trying to get  back whatever credibility they may once have had before the Martin Bashir/Sarah Palin brouhaha earlier this week.)

  It is interesting to note that at the very end of the video the MSNBC reporter stated that this was one way for the Democrats to get the attention away from Obamacare because this is something that I wrote about yesterday.

  Here is the video:

  Of course the Republicans are now up in arms because the Democrats exercised the “nuclear option” when they threatened to do the same thing. It is funny the way positions change base solely on which party is in power for they are only interested in ruling over us and not in what is doing best for us. I think it is likely the Republicans are embarrassed because the Democrats had the balls to do what they didn’t dare to do.

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  1. November 22, 2013 8:20 pm

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  2. November 22, 2013 8:34 pm

    It’s really not surprising that it was the dems that excersised the nuclear option and not the republicans when one stops to think about it. After all the republicans are the party of the status quo whereas the dems are the part of change and that’s exactly what they got with the nuke in the U.S. Senate. For the moment the advantage goes to the democrats with the appointments to the Federal District Court and the fallout will that will come as a result of decisions that will favor the EPA on what must be called that departments radical agenda. But as is always the case, the worm will turn and tomorrows tale will be a tale of woe for those democrats who voted for this change in Senate rules.


    • November 22, 2013 9:09 pm

      You nailed it, besides the judges Obama will be able to use this to appoint radicals to various agencies to advance his agenda both through the agencies and the court system which otherwise would not pass the Congress.


  3. November 22, 2013 8:51 pm

    “I think it is likely the Republicans are embarrassed because the Democrats had the balls to do what they didn’t dare to do.”

    Exactly, Steve! The Republicans got sucker punched. We all knew why it was so important to win in 2012 to keep Obama from appointing judges. We lost and now we are going to pay.


    • November 22, 2013 9:10 pm

      You are right, this is why it was so important to win in 2012. 2014 is a long way off and by the time it rolls around the damage done to the country will be irreversible. A very sad day!


  4. November 22, 2013 9:54 pm

    The facts as I have read is that it is the three vacancies on the d.c, court are the ones that the dems blocked Bush for years. Now the WH is claiming they were empty before his administration. Right, the dems filibustered Bush ‘s appointments.


    • November 23, 2013 6:40 am

      So they filibustered these seats until they were in power and now they are upset at the turnabout? Figures!


  5. aeternitate permalink
    November 22, 2013 10:32 pm

    Since obamacare has been president, the republicans have blocked more judges than at all the blockings in the history of the republic.


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