Chuck Schumer regrets that Democrats triggered the ‘nuclear option’ to end the filibuster
Now that Democrats are out of power they are beginning to show buyer’s remorse for their shortsightedness in invoking the nuclear option to end the filibuster in certain situations under Harry Reid a few years ago.
Incoming Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says he regrets a 2013 decision by Senate Democrats, known as the “nuclear option” to decrease the number of senators needed to confirm Cabinet picks from 60 to 51 votes.
“I wish it hadn’t happened,” Schumer said in an interview with CNN, about the move that was triggered by former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
“I argued against it at the time,” Schumer said. “I said both for Supreme Court and in Cabinet should be 60, because on such important positions there should be some degree of bipartisanship. I won on Supreme Court, lost on Cabinet. But, that’s what we have to live with now.”
When Harry Reid invoked the “nuclear option”, which by the way they renamed the “Constitutional option”, back in 2013 the Democrats defended the action by basically saying the Republicans should thank them because if the Republicans ever gained power again they would benefit from it.
Of course they are no longer singing the same tune because in their arrogance they actually believed they would never lose power, but now they are reaping what they have sown. Let me be the first to say thank you.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium