Time to Find Out if Democrats Actually Want to Govern
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.