Democratic Senator regrets changing filibuster rules now that Donald Trump is President-elect
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.
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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?
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium