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Senate Republicans Fearful of Post-Nuclear Senate
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:07:16 PM »
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 Senate Republicans Fearful of Post-Nuclear Senate
By  Jonathan Strong
November 21, 2013 3:06 PM
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Appearing shell-shocked by the Harry Reid’s abrupt move to pass the “nuclear option” through the Senate, Republicans there issued ominous warnings to reporters outside the chamber.

“When you start, it’s like wars — there’s no end to this. I don’t know where it goes,” says Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

“In my view this is the most important and most dangerous restructuring of Senate rules since Thomas Jefferson wrote them at the beginning of our country,” Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says.

Democrats have been open about wanting the change so President Obama’s regulations, executive actions and other unilateral decisions enjoy a more favorable audience at the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Generally speaking, the D.C. Circuit is like a mini-Supreme Court for administrative law, giving it far-reaching impact on what Obama can do without the full control of Congress.

Republicans also feel the timing is suspect. “I think this is a political ploy, a distraction, to take minds away from Obamacare,” Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, the National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, tells me.

“In order to distract attention away from Obamacare the Senate has just broken the rules in order to change the rules,” minority leader Mitch McConnell said at a press conference.

Graham says the rules change – which allows judges and executive nominations to be approved by majority vote, rather than a 60-vote supermajority – will “change the flavor of the judiciary.”

“I know the pressures that exist to pick people that are more pure in their ideology than maybe they are in administering justice,” Graham says, adding the President Obama and future presidents won’t have any structural reason not to appoint such justices.

One big outstanding question is whether Republicans will follow the new rules, change them back, or push their power further if they retake the majority – now that the precedent has been set by Reid.

Questioned repeatedly in the press conference, McConnell wouldn’t show his hand. “I don’t think this is a time to be talking about reprisal. I think it’s a time to be sad about what’s been done to the United States Senate. The greatest deliberative body in the world,” he said.

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona says he’s afraid that Republicans will be unable to resist using the same power.

“That’s what I fear. I fear that once Republicans get the majority it’s very tough to tell the base that you’re going to diminish your own authority,” he says, adding that he expects Reid to eventually kill the filibuster for legislation as well.

Republicans privately suggest Reid – who repeatedly left public promises behind in the dust on the issue – is trying to avoid being outflanked by young liberal upstarts in his caucus.

Notably, senators from that group were only asking for more in the minutes after the vote.

Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon told reporters he still wants to change the rules on legislation to require 41 Senators to vote to stop debate rather than 61 to invoke cloture, the current procedure. “then the American people can judge whether or not the folks that are slowing down legislation in the Senate are heroes or bums,” he says.

Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he came to the Senate to destroy the filibuster and still wants to. “I voted to essentially abolish the filibuster in my second or third vote here. I came to the United States Senate promising that I would oppose the filibuster — on everything. And that’s still my position, even more so now,” he says. 

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Re: Senate Republicans Fearful of Post-Nuclear Senate
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2013, 05:09:16 PM »
Reid has just set the course for the tyranny of the majority, the very thing the framers wanted to avoid. :nono:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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Re: Senate Republicans Fearful of Post-Nuclear Senate
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2013, 05:09:34 PM »
Instead of "fear" and being "afraid" how about they actually grow a spine...
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776

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Re: Senate Republicans Fearful of Post-Nuclear Senate
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2013, 05:29:36 PM »
Instead of "fear" and being "afraid" how about they actually grow a spine...

Yeah.  It should be liberating.
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Re: Senate Republicans Fearful of Post-Nuclear Senate
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013, 05:38:56 PM »
I'll tell you what should happen next, but unfortunately won't.

The Republicans in the House should remove all funding from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

The Democrats and the press will scream like stuck pigs but so? Two can play the game of unrestrained power.
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Re: Senate Republicans Fearful of Post-Nuclear Senate
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2013, 05:43:17 PM »
I'll tell you what should happen next, but unfortunately won't.

The Republicans in the House should remove all funding from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

The Democrats and the press will scream like stuck pigs but so? Two can play the game of unrestrained power.

and then "someone" will come in here and scream and cry that the mean ole GOP is blowing it, yada, yada, yada.... /sarc
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776


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