Hypocrisy reigns as Dems impose extreme tactic known as the “Nuclear Option”
Senate Democrats employed a rare parliamentary move to change the rules enabling presidential nominations to advance to confirmation votes by a simple majority of senate votes, rather than the 60-vote super majority that has been customary procedure. Filibusters were eliminated outright. The Dems were motivated by their desire to allow the confirmation of three Obama picks to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused Democrats of focusing on the D.C. Circuit in an effort to stack the court, which reviews many cases related to federal laws and regulations — tilting its balance in a far left direction.
Deceitful Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) acting as the undersized dictator he is, broke the rules to get his way. But watch as he articulated quite a different position on May 18, 2005, (imbedded video) as he then declared, “The roots of the filibuster are found in the Constitution and in our own rules.”
The uproar ended on a vote of 52 to 48, with all but three Democrats backing the move and every single Republican opposing it.
Obama’s nominees to lifetime federal judicial posts and executive-office positions provided the backdrop to this liberal senate overreach. Republicans countered that they had confirmed 99 percent of Obama’s judicial selections.
Illinois Sen. Obama back in 2005 vehemently opposed the tactic. (video link) “Mr. President, I rise today to urge my colleagues to think about the implications of what has been called the nuclear option and what effect that might have on this Chamber and on this country,” Obama said “I urge all of us to think not just about winning every debate but about protecting free and democratic debate.”
This statement is his new view as president.
Here’s a memory refresher (video link) from V.P. Joe Biden:
Then-Sen. Biden took to the Senate floor on May 23, 2005 to decry the use of nuclear option, saying such an action would, “abandon America’s sense of fair play. It’s the one thing this country stands for,” Biden said. “Not tilting the playing field on the side of those who control and own the field. “
Thursday McConnell said, “The solution to this problem is at the ballot box,” he said. “We look forward to having a great election in 2014.