The Senate Majority Leader Who Cried Wolf
Now that it is clear that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) incredibly minor bipartisan rule change at the beginning of the year was a total failure, he is out threatening to reform the rules again. From Nevada Public Radio:
In an interview with Nevada Public Radio, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that he has not ruled out altering Senate rules to speed up Senate judicial nominations.
“All within the sound of my voice, including my Democratic senators and the Republican senators who I serve with, should understand that we as a body have the power on any given day to change the rules with a simple majority, and I will do that if necessary,” Reid says.
All within the sound of my voice should mockingly laugh at Reid’s hollow bluster. Reid has become the Senate Majority Leader that cried wolf.
It was clear to everyone that Reid’s recent minor rules changes would do nothing to stop Republican obstructionism, just like Reid’s previous “gentleman’s agreement” with Mitch McConnell the year before proved to be useless. Yet Reid cut the deal, proving he is all talk and no action on this issue.
If simply threatening to change the rules again could stop Republican obstructionism, it would have already worked the first dozen times Reid made this threat. There is no way it will work now that Reid’s threats have lost all credibility.
Empty threats, meaningless handshake agreements and weak deals will not work. The only thing that will work is finally just using a majority vote to change the Senate rules. If Reid is seriously tired of obstructionism he should just head to the floor and force a vote on rule changes, instead of whining about it on the radio. Until he does that such a statement from Reid should be openly ridiculed.
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