Rove: US Will Rue 'Dictator' Reid's 'Nuclear Option'
Friday, November 22, 2013 03:26 PM
By: Wanda Carruthers
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acted like a dictator in passing the "nuclear option" in a move the people of the United States will regret, Republican adviser Karl Rove said Friday.
"The country will rue the day that Harry Reid, in dictatorial fashion, changed the rules in the middle of the game, in a hypocritical gesture that he condemned when it was proposed in 2005," Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, told Fox News' "Happening Now."
Democrats in the Senate on Thursday passed a measure, known as the "nuclear option," that allows a simple majority to approve executive branch and lower-court nominees.
Rove called the action "gross hypocrisy" and recalled that in 2005, Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., suggested the tactic at a time Republicans had a Senate majority. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, both senators at that time, as well as Reid, roundly criticized the tactic.
The change will enable the majority party to pass votes more easily on an ideological basis, Rove said. He said the Senate was designed by the founding fathers to "make it tougher to put things through" by requiring a 2/3-majority vote.
"We're going to see them ramming through people who represent the ideological base of each political party on 51 votes. That is not going to be good for the country," Rove said.
"If this extends further ― the legislation — we will have lost . . . [what the] Senate was designed to be, to be protected a little bit from the passions of people," he said.