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Reid Invokes Nuclear Option; Obama Applauds

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this afternoon invoked the “nuclear option” ending the practice of allowing filibusters on most presidential nominees, except for those nominated for the Supreme Court.

Opposition to Reid was bipartisan. The new rule was passed 52 to 48, with three Democrats — Sens. Carl Levin (Mich.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.) — joining all 45 Republicans in opposing the measure.

Republicans had threatened to change the rule when Democrats were busy blocking George W. Bush’s nominees, but backed off amid howls of protests from Democrats.

Typically, President Obama argued the move was justified because Republicans were not just opposing nominees, but subverting the will of the Founders and doing it all for politics and instead of out of principle.

“Today’ pattern of obstruction isn’t normal,” Obama said, accusing Republicans of moving to “obstruct everything” in order to “refight the election.”

Obama said Republicans were opposing his nominees “just to gum up the works.”

Republicans warned the move would come back to bite Democrats sooner than they realize.

“The solution to this problem is at the ballot box,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We look forward to having a great election in 2014.”

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16 Responses to Reid Invokes Nuclear Option; Obama Applauds

  1. Reid evidently thinks he’ll be the minority leader come 2015.

    And several of the red-state Democrats must have internal polls telling them their careers are over.

    Any other possible explanation?

  2. Ole’ Prune Face McConnell is part and parcel of why this government is broken and no longer representing the citizens of this great country. He has been in the Senate way too long. Be a patriot McConnell retire from the Senate and let someone take your place in the Senate who will fight to undo all of the damage done by Dictator Obama and his democrat party communists.

    • I agree, Junius. It’s all about politics to these fence post turtles in Republican leadership. This is about the survival of America as founded. America is undergoing a communist coup from within and these old fogeys are talking about the next election. What about the rule of law? What about the Constitution? These RINOs need to stand up and fight or get the heck out of the way and let real patriots take their place.

      • I keep thinking of my children’s future. I wish everyone in office and all democrats would look their children in the eye today. Than tell them I stood behind all this miss as well as every scandal. If they are to young to understand put it in writing and sign it to read later on. That is if they have the right to do so down the road.

      • I keep thinking of my children’s future. I wish everyone in office and all democrats would look their children in the eye today. Than tell them I stood behind all this miss as well as every scandal. If they are to young to understand put it in writing and sign it to read later on. That is if they have the right to do so down the road.

  3. Obama and his socialist democrat thugs are in the majority and this is how they rule.

    McConnell should be given his due. He could do nothing to stop this but did make an excellent statement against it.

    The gangstas are in charge and they should be called out at every turn.
    Obama has lost the trust of the American people. He is an exposed liar so words no longer matter. Reid is a bitter ugly man. Like seeks like.

  4. The only thing I give Reid credit for is that he is the first certified zombie elected to office. Unfortunately, he’s not one of the good zombies.

  5. “The solution to this problem is at the ballot box,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We look forward to having a great election in 2014.”

    amen to that!

    the Obamacare disaster could help the GOP take the Senate back, and keep the House. but people…that’s not going to happen if you pout and whine and stay home because the Republican candidate is not as ideologically pure as you might want.

    I’m so sick of hearing about the evil RINOs. remember, a RINO will vote Republican sometimes…but a Democrat will vote Republican never. the last time we had a chance at the Senate we ran Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell. let’s not do that again, ok?