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GOP Decides to Use Filibuster Power Democrats Gave Them

For the first time ever a Secretary of Defense nominee will be filibustered. Some Senate Republicans are forcing Democrats to go through with the lengthy process of cloture to get a vote on Chuck Hagel. This has apparently given Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) a sad. From NPR:

For President Obama’s choice to become defense secretary, first came the flaying, then the filibustering.

It wasn’t that much of a surprise that Senate Republicans on Wednesday refused to end debate on Chuck Hagel’s nomination, forcing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to try to find 60 votes to move the nomination forward to a final vote. […]

“This is the first time in the history of our country that a presidential nominee for secretary of defense has been filibustered,” Reid said Wednesday on the Senate floor. “What a shame. But that’s the way it is.”

If only there was a way Reid could have prevented this…oh wait…

Democrats had a chance to eliminate or restrict the use of the filibuster last month. Instead, Reid chose to cut a “deal” that gave the Republican minority an effective veto over everything in the chamber. It’s not surprising that after Democrats handed Republicans this incredible power the GOP is choosing to exercise it.

At some point you need to stop blaming the Republicans for their filibusters. If someone decide to give a known arsonist matches and gasoline, they now bear most of the responsibility when he burns their house down.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at