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Democratic Senator regrets changing filibuster rules now that Donald Trump is President-elect

November 29, 2016

  Several years ago Harry Reid invoked the so-called “nuclear option” (no, that is not quite right because it was only called the “nuclear option” by Democrats when Republicans threatened to do it. Democrats called it the “Constitutional option” when Harry Reid actually did it) to change the filibuster rule to eliminate the super majority vote needed on many Presidential nominations.

  At that time the Democrats defended the move by saying Republicans should be glad because the rule would apply to them if they ever won back the White House. However they apparently really believed inside that Republicans would never win back the White House because now that Donald Trump is the President-elect at least one Democrat (and I am sure there are many more) now regrets changing the filibuster rule.

  Here is more:

On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “At This Hour,” Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) stated that he regretted Democratic rule changes regarding filibusters on nominees “because it would have been a terrific speed bump, potential emergency break, to have in our system to slow down the confirmation of extreme nominees.”

Coons said that thanks to rule changes Democrats made, “The filibuster no longer acts as an emergency break on the nomination –.”

When asked if he regretted that rule change, Coons answered, “I do regret that. I frankly, think many of us will regret that in this Congress, because it would have been a terrific speed bump, potential emergency break, to have in our system to slow down the confirmation of extreme nominees.”

 Did you notice the language change? Much like the language change by the Democrats from “nuclear option” to “Constitutional option” Chris Coons has changed what was called “Republican obstructionism” when they tried to slow down Barack Obama’s picks to a “speed bump” and an “emergency break” (I think it should be “brake”) in order to slow down the confirmation process. Suddenly slowing down a nomination is no longer obstructionism but a much needed tool. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

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30 Comments leave one →
  1. Brittius permalink
    November 29, 2016 8:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Brittius.

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  2. November 29, 2016 8:24 pm

    Funny isn’t it. It never occurred to the Dems that sooner or later the pendulum would swing back. Wait until we get the Supreme nominations going. Should be a sight.

    Liked by 3 people

    • November 29, 2016 8:30 pm

      I think the Democrats just assumed Hillary would be the President for the next eight years so they wouldn’t have to worry about it. The joke is on them…

      Liked by 3 people

  3. Bruce permalink
    November 29, 2016 8:47 pm

    “Gee whiz Wally” are you saying that what’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander?
    (boy, how old do you have to be to get all that jargon?)

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  4. November 29, 2016 9:15 pm

    I like his reference to “extreme nominees”. Is Tom Price extreme for being pro life? Is Jeff Sesions extreme because he called someone “boy” 30 years ago. This really stretches the constitutional text of “advice and consent” . I’m sure the Founding Fathers would be shocked by what the Dem have turned the process into.

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    • November 30, 2016 6:30 am

      It really is kind of fun watching them melt down over every single pick. I think Warren is the most out there and she is turning into the face of the party.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Libra permalink
    November 29, 2016 9:30 pm

    What’s go around, will come around!!! FINALLY!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. November 30, 2016 7:50 am

    Ordo Ab Chao

    Trump is part of the establishment, the same establishment that Clinton is a part of:

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 30, 2016 8:11 pm

      “Ordo Ab Chao” is exactly right, Trump would not have made it if he wasn’t somehow tied into the whole thing.

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  7. petermc3 permalink
    November 30, 2016 11:21 am

    It is an unexpected treat to see the Democrats hoisted on their own pitard. Sadly though the GOP had nothing to do with the Dem’s getting a taste of their own medicine and it will be interesting to see if an out of towner will do anything differently. Im not holding my breath.
    And speaking of Wally and the Beav, can anyone name the most popular gay sitcom of the 60″s?
    Answer: Leave it, its beaver.

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    • November 30, 2016 12:30 pm

      That speaks volumes doesn’t it Peter Leave It To Beaver. Today shows are designed to pit kids against their parents; to disrespect them and puffing them up to think they know more. But, ‘knowing more’ of what? ~ the commie polluted mindset of those external forces who’ve wormed their way into leadership positions are teaching them, who this post refers to!
      {Hope your little guy is doing well – they can be such joys!}

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      • petermac3 permalink
        November 30, 2016 1:56 pm

        My little guy Nathaniel at 2 1/2 is smarter than you and me put together.. He likes watching the old corny Batman show. Thanks for asking. As for wholesome family shows on the 50’s and 60’s they were just that. We have a cable TV station here in NJ broadcasting nothing but these shows. Last night I watched The Donna Reed Show and McHale’s Navy. and this morning Mr. Ed.

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      • November 30, 2016 2:24 pm

        haha. Some good show for sure Peter!
        And I bet Nathaniel is smarter! Their minds like sponges, formulating and categorizing (a mystery how that all works!), yet alert to things we’ve become numb to! Glad he’s well Perter.
        I just got to meet our 3 yr old (Nephew’s son) who’s very mechanically inclined – he loves vacuum cleaners, duster busters, tools, flash lights, things that have and serve a good purpose! Now that’s SMART!

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      • November 30, 2016 8:14 pm

        I have to admit I love watching the old shows and the old movies, it just isn’t the same any more!

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    • Bruce permalink
      November 30, 2016 1:44 pm

      That is news to me Peter, I hadn’t heard. I guess in the 60;s, being “out and proud” and in your face wasn’t as important as making an enjoyable show.

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      • petermac3 permalink
        November 30, 2016 1:57 pm

        Bruce- you do know it’s a joke, yes?

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      • Bruce permalink
        November 30, 2016 9:47 pm

        I confess, you caused me to google “the bev” and saw he had been married 3 times, so either he was posing like Hill-a-beans, or you were “pulling my leg”. But since “fake news” is all the rage, who knows these days.

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      • petermac3 permalink
        November 30, 2016 10:05 pm

        Let’s put it this way Bruce: If a Muslim girl showed her “beaver” she and her entire family would probably be dispatched. 🔪


    • November 30, 2016 4:11 pm

      Duh … in my numbness I missed that homo joke. Good thing you told Bruce!!

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      • petermac3 permalink
        November 30, 2016 4:49 pm

        OK try this one: the difference between meat and fish?
        Answer: You beat your fish it dies.
        Come on Zip…🤑

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      • November 30, 2016 9:27 pm

        I don’t know Peter what go in you today! I must’ve fallen off the turnip wagon while I was sleeping! But I do know that beat up fish make for good fish paddies on the grill … but I don’t think that’s where you going w/ it 😉

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      • November 30, 2016 8:15 pm

        It is like that Pink Floyd song: how can you have any pudding if you don’t..oh wait, that’s not quite right. 😉

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      • November 30, 2016 9:29 pm

        I’m just not ‘with it’ today … I even forgot that part of the song! But here’s a re-fresher!


    • November 30, 2016 8:12 pm

      I don’t see anything changing under Trump. He will be reigned in by the establishment.


  8. November 30, 2016 12:20 pm

    We could refer to it as redirecting the steam from going down the pipe [which they are beguiled to think it leads to Utopia, but really leads to the cesspool] to re-filtering before heading back up stream. The old southern phase comes to mind, ‘They sold us down the river.’
    The Alarm performing their hit “Sold Me Down the River” from the 1989 album “Change”. “Sold Me Down the River” was the band’s biggest U.S. hit peaking at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 43 on the UK chart in 1989. The album reached No. 13 in the UK charts and No. 75 in the US chart. The musical style of Change is reminiscent of U2’s the Joshua Tree where the band embraced more of an “American” sound.

    You all will appreciate a little rock-a-billy to celebrate:

    Both of these have some interesting write-ups in their utube descriptions.

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  9. petermc3 permalink
    November 30, 2016 12:27 pm

    …dropped me in the water. Dropped me in the cesspool. Remember it well Zip.

    Liked by 2 people


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