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Time to Find Out if Democrats Actually Want to Govern

Will they?

We are approaching a real moment of truth for Senate Democrats. They are about to decide if they actually want to govern or effectively forfeit all their power to the Republicans. If Senate Democrats choose the latter they might as well stop even showing up to work.

At the heart of the issue is Senate Republican’s adopting a new position that they can use the filibuster to effectively eliminate a Democratic president’s ability to appoint judges. Earlier this week Republicans filibustered three nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Republicans didn’t have problems with these specific nominees, instead decided Obama shouldn’t be allowed to appoint anyone to the Court of Appeals so it remains conservative-leaning. They are nullifying existing law and making a mockery of the entire Constitutional system.

A simple majority of Senators have the power to stop this insane nonsense anytime by just eliminating the filibuster. The so called “nuclear option” would take about five minutes and would restore the Senate to how the founders envisioned it.

Democrats are threatening to take such a vote as early as today, but they made similar threats several times in the past only to back down at the last minute.

Now we can only wait to see if they are serious or will fold once again. If Democrats do fold, it is likely to encourage Republicans to find new and even more innovative ways to use the filibuster.

Harry Reid speaking now on the Senate Floor.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

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