Don’t you just love it when the political shenanigans pulled by the Democrats blow up in their face. Especially when they have ‘Dingy Harry’ Reid to thank for it. Democrats are now decrying the very same major legislative change that they championed back in 2013 because now it’s setting President-elect Trump’s cabinet choices up for easy confirmation hearings. The then-Democrat Senate, led by ‘Dingy Harry’ Reid, passed a historic rule in 2013 called, “the nuclear option,” which eliminated the use of the filibuster on all presidential nominees except those to the U.S. Supreme Court. While at the time liberals loved the rule for allowing Barry to push through key nominations, they are now livid. The nuclear option now allows Donald Trump, with a Republican Senate, to have his appointments confirmed with a simple majority vote.
Republicans wholeheartedly opposed the nuclear option in 2013, which effectively left them with no recourse when Barry named his executive and judicial nominees, which was the rationale behind ‘Dingy’s’ scheme in the first place. Under the nuclear option, Supreme Court picks and legislation still need 60 votes to be filibuster-proof, but Cabinet appointments can be approved with just 51 votes. The Republicans currently have over 51 seats in the Senate. At the time, ‘Dingy’ said the rule was necessary. ‘Dingy’ told reporters at the time, “The American people believe the Senate is broken, and I believe the American people are right.” Adding, “It’s time to get the Senate working again.” The liberal media was firmly behind ‘Dingy’, applauding the rule change as something necessary for America’s democratic system.
It was liberal commentator Hilary Rosen from the Clinton News Network, aka CNN, who was heard to say at the time, “All this really does is say that the president that we elected to actually run the government gets to run the government.” And not to be outdone, it was the resident moron over at there at HBO, Bill Maher, who piped up and said, “Now majority rules, you know, almost like a democracy?” And then we had she who would become the future Hitlery spokesmoron, Karen Finney, who said, “Even the reaction to this announcement seems to be one more piece of evidence that this Republican Party is not interested in doing the business of the country.” I’d be curious know what all these leftwing kooks think about things now. Do they still think it’s a good idea? Somehow I doubt it, which makes it all the more enjoyable.
While the 2013 ruling was a crowning achievement of the Democrats just a few years ago, it has now become a thorn in the side of Chuckie Schumer, who has now assumed the role of Senate Minority Leader from ‘Dingy Harry’. It was Chuckie who told CNN, “I argued against it at the time. I said both for Supreme Court and in Cabinet should be 60, because on such important positions there should be some degree of bipartisanship.” He went on to say, “I won on Supreme Court, lost on Cabinet, but it’s what we have to live with now.” And it was Democrat strategist Maria Cardona’s words from 2013 that were arguably the most foreboding: “There’s no question that we will one day come to regret this.” But the Democrats never thought they would lose control of the Congress ever again after the historic elections of 2008.
The Republicans were in absolute disarray and had similar visions of the end of America that the left currently believes with the exception that the Republicans accepted their defeat and went about rebuilding their party, meeting with a rather impressive level of success. The Democrats have yet to confront their many shortcomings. The hubris exhibited by the 111th Congress was unparalleled and when coupled with ‘Dingy Harry’ Reid’s own brand of humility (or lack thereof) brought the Democrats to the point where they are now at. I must confess that I do find a certain level of amusement in the Democrats current predicament regarding "the nuclear option". If for no other reason that it will definitely make Trumps job a little easier. But that said, there will come a day when the Democrats will again regain control.
But for now let’s savor the fact that the Democrats essentially shot themselves in the foot by deciding to pull the trigger on the “nuclear option”. And let’s enjoy the level of misery they brought upon themselves. After all, ‘Dingy Harry’ and the Democrats went by the motto of "no negotiations, no compromise" while hypocritically calling Republicans "obstructionists." And now it’s the Democrats who are demanding that the Republicans must be bipartisan and work across the aisle. Excuse me? So we have yet another example of Democrat hypocrisy, since when they controlled Congress they had absolutely no interest whatsoever in doing so. And if Mitch McConnell has any balls at all he will take the bed made by ‘Dingy Harry’ Reid and force the Democrats to now wallow in it for the next two years. Nothing would give me more enjoyment.