Dems go nuclear: Power grab overturns 225 years of precedent

 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.



15 Responses to Dems go nuclear: Power grab overturns 225 years of precedent

  1. MacBeth says:

    If Republicans keep acting like Democrats and only react instead of act based on conservative principles , we will not only remain in the minority, we will be relegated to the political trash heap as the Whigs were.

    Four US Presidents were elected as Whigs: William Henry Harrison (1841), John Tyler (1841–1845), Zachary Taylor (1849–1850), and Millard Fillmore (1850–1853).

    John Quincy Adams, elected President as a Democratic-Republican, later became a National Republican and then a Whig after he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1831.

    And did you know Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Rutherford B. Hayes were both Whigs before switching to the Republican Party, from which they were elected to office?

    Ronald Reagan was effective and popular because he held true to conservative principles. Why are our elected officials so reticent to do so now. Our state legislature is filled with RINOs and I see little difference between the mainstream GOP state candidates for higher office. When do we wise up and embrace conservatism again?

  2. Kathy says:

    McConnell “The solution to this problem is at the ballot box,” he said. “We look forward to having a great election in 2014. So do we when you are voted out of office and true Conservatives with principles are elected. After all McConnell, McCain, Grahmnesty have decided to fight the Tea Party instead of the Democrats. After we are “Wacko birds and Bullies” per McConnell and McCain.

    • East Valley PC says:

      How right you are, Kathy. I would add one other to your list and that is Jeff Flake, McCain’s puppet. If we don’t lose him next time around this accomplished liar will be in the senate for decades and lean as far, if not further left, than McCain. He plays the RINO game so well, Kyl and McCain nearly went nuts trying to retract the previous accolades they heaped on Dr. Richard Carmona, and made commercial after commercial endorsing Jeff The Flake. He is bonded to amnesty for illegals even partnering with Obama pal Luis Gutierrez, and went back on his term limits promise when in congress, with a smirky and smug, “I lied.”

      I know Jeff Flake and wouldn’t pour water on his ass if it was on fire.

      • ZOO says:

        The way McCain is talking lately EVPC, his re-up will precede Flake by two years. If McCain goes down in ’16, taking out Flake should be easier.

      • eubykdisop says:

        But then we have “conservatives” like you, ZOO, who support Brewer’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion and who are willing to vote for Randy Pullen who went so far as to write an entire article telling us how great Brewer’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion is for Arizona!

        You’re about as “conservative” as B. Hussein Obama, LOL!

      • Frankly Speaking says:

        It would be great if the scenario you paint is correct, but reality shows us a different picture. What is troubling is the prospect of not having a viable candidate to challenge Flake as well as the entrenched incumbents having the ability to out raise newcomers in campaign funding, since the lobbyists are all too happy to pony up big time and keep their acquiescing pols in power.

        Our state party is deeply in the pocket of the McCain/Flake/Kyl faction. There will be no action (either overt or covert) on the part of GOP leadership to replace the RINOs. Party leadership is in bed with them.

      • ZOO says:

        Frankly Speaking,
        I agree with all you said and have made similar observations in the past. I guess I still have a little optimism due to McCain’s continued movement to the left – which has made Arizona the joke of the nation. That isn’t rhetoric, it is well documented in articles/blogs from people all over the country.

        It does in fact seem hopeless to oust McCain (or Flake) in a primary. The Republican “conservative base” now knows their votes carry much more weight in the general ala Flake vs. Carmona. If absolutely nothing else will wake up McCain/Flake supporters, maybe this will. (?)

      • eubykdisop says:

        ROFL! You’re worried about waking people up, ZOO? We need to wake people up to the fact that you are a Liberal who argued in support of Brewer’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion, even going so far as to recap every argument made in favor of it by your boy, Randy Pullen. Even though Pullen made efforts to persuade the Republican leadership to support Brewer’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion, you are STILL willing to cast a vote for him!

        So don’t talk to us about McCain, Flake or the “conservative base”. You supported one of the worst Liberal-backed Obama policies ever strong armed into existence in Arizona! And you STILL support Brewer’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion hatchet man, Randy Pullen!

      • Enuff says:

        OK. We get it. Your days of political agreement with ZOO are over. Stop the tiresome regurgitation of all of the transgressions you think he has made. There was a time you complimented ZOO’s every comment. Now that’s a thing of the past over his support of Randy Pullen for state treasurer.

        I’m no fan of Medicaid Expansion either, but the choices are a man with loads of credentials for the job (Pullen), or a major RINO, Hugh Hallman. Maybe you prefer the McCain pick, Martin Sepulveda who is like the energizer bunny and keeps running for ANY office, whether or not he has the qualifications. Almost forgot, there’s also Jeff DeWit, who won’t even place in this race. Who are YOU supporting euby….and why?

        As state treasurer. Pullen will have responsibility over the state budget and investment management. He will not be setting health care policy.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Enuff wrote: “OK. We get it.”

        That’s hilarious, LOL, because the rest of your comment shows that you don’t get it at all!

        Let’s examine your left wing Liberal hero, Randy Pullen. He authored this in support of not only Obamacare Medicaid expansion, but also in support of Jan Brewer, who threw a monkey wrench into the legitimate legislative process to strong arm “the encroachment of socialism”, as SRAZ accurately described it.:

        “Former GOP Chair Randy Pullen: Follow the Governor’s Lead”

        “We now are presented with a similar situation with AHCCCS. Republican leadership needs to step forward and make another smart choice – follow the Governor’s lead. She’s been proven right before!”

        Randy Pullen”

        So Pullen is not only an Obamacare Medicaid expansion suck up, he’s a Jan Brewer suck up as well! So much for your Obama/Brewer lackey, Randy Pullen!

        Enuff wrote: “As state treasurer. Pullen will have responsibility over the state budget and investment management. He will not be setting health care policy.”

        Oh! Oh, please! Stop making me laugh! THAT has to be the MOST feeble Liberal argument I have EVER heard, LOL!

        You want us to hand over responsibility for the state budget and investment management to someone who promoted the Obamacare Medicaid “encroachment of socialism” in Arizona and who staunchly supported Jan Brewer in making a complete mockery of the state legislative process? Liberal much?

        Hey, Enuff, chew on this from Townhall dot com:

        “Governor Brewer Betrays Conservatives, Forces Through Huge Obamacare Medicaid Expansion”

        “Rachel Alexander | Jun 17, 2013”

        “Once considered a conservative governor due to signing SB 1070, which toughened up illegal immigration laws, Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer has now destroyed that reputation. Last week, she called a surprise special session of the legislature, and allying with Democrats, bullied through Obamacare’s massive expansion of Medicaid, known as AHCCCS in Arizona. The bullying tactics she used to coerce Republican legislators into voting for it were so appalling, they made national news and have prominent Republicans all over the state speaking out in outrage.”

        Randy Pullen facilitated the betrayal of Conservatives by Brewer and Brewer was, as the article states, “allying with Democrats”. Sorry, but we don’t reward stab-in-the-back traitors and turncoats like Randy Pullen!

      • Enuff says:

        You neglected to answer the question. Who do you support in this race? Someone will be elected and only Pullen is a CPA.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Bwa, ha, ha, ha! I knew I could make you respond with that idiotic and irrelevant question, LOL! That approach didn’t work for “Realist” and it’s going to work even less well for you because I like you less than I do “Realist” and so will not be nearly as merciful with you!

        Let’s begin your intellectual flaying slowly.

        1 – Explain to SRAZ readers how Randy Pullen’s published arguments in support of Obamacare Medicaid expansion are aligned with Conservative principles and with Conservative positions on the issue.

        2 – Explain to SRAZ readers how Randy Pullen urging the Republican leadership to make a “smart choice” and “follow the Governor’s lead” is aligned with Conservative principles and with Conservative positions on the issue.

        Of course, you can’t explain how Pullen’s words and actions are aligned with Conservative principles and with Conservative positions on the issue because his words and actions are not aligned with Conservative principles and Conservative positions on the issue! Pullen’s words and actions are aligned with the Liberal Democrat caucus in the Arizona legislature.

        Beyond that, Randy Pullen holds the SAME position on Brewer’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion as does Communist and radical Hispanic activist RAUL GRIJALVA!

        “Grijalva Statement on Arizona Medicaid Expansion: “Illness Doesn’t Care About Politics, and Today The Simple Facts Have Prevailed”

        “Friday June 14, 2013”

        “Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva released the following statement this morning following the Arizona State Legislature’s passage yesterday of a bill to expand Medicaid eligibility through the Affordable Care Act.”

        “Over the last few years, an ideological governor and Legislature ignored economic common sense and the will of the voters and chipped away at our health care programs. Yesterday they realized that illness and injury don’t care about politics. The simple facts have prevailed, and our state will be much better for it.”

        “The people of Arizona have been fighting for the right to basic health since long before they voted to expand Medicaid in 2000. I’m very glad the Legislature considered the economic consequences of forcing sick people to seek care in emergency rooms and made the right decision. Improving access to quality health care is an issue that should unite people in this country, not divide them. Yesterday’s move unites us.

        “I am proud and very happy that Arizona has taken this momentous step forward. I hope this is a sign of things to come.”

        RANDY PULLEN and RAUL GRIJALVA. Two peas in a pod!

    • Doc says:

      Exactly my thoughts, Kathy…how do these morons, liars, thieves & hypocrites deny a group who’s “T.axed E.nuff A.lready”, then ‘say’ they “represent” Americans? …morons…

  3. Bernard says:

    And it’s my fervent hope that McConnell will collect unemployment insurance after Nov. 2014!

    • Hagar says:

      He won’t need to collect unemployment. He’ll have his exorbitant retirement pension paid for by taxpayers, not to mention platinum level medical coverage that isn’t tied to Obamacare.