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VIDEO: The History of Democrat Deceit on Judicial Filibusters

VIDEO: The History of Democrat Deceit on Judicial Filibusters

Sen. John Cornyn’s Excellent Explanation of How Democrats Weaponized Cloture Votes

Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, April 7, 2017, on a straight up or down vote.

That up or down vote will happen after Democrats filibustered the nomination by getting 45 Democrats to vote against closing debate.

Republicans then exercised what usually is referred to as the Nuclear Option, but really should be called the Harry Reid Option, to eliminate the need for 60 votes to close debate. It should be called the Harry Reid Option because in 2013 Democrats used that procedure to eliminate the 60-vote requirement for all nominations, judicial or otherwise, other than the Supreme Court.

Keeping the Supreme Court out of the Harry Reid Option was not a principled move by Democrats. There were no openings on the Supreme Court in 2013, so there was no need to apply the Harry Reid Rule to Supreme Court nominations. But in the run up to the 2016 presidential election, both Reid and Democrat VP nominee Tim Kaine promised to use the Harry Reid Rule for Supreme Court nominations if Hillary won and Democrats retook the Senate.

Hillary didn’t win and Democrats didn’t retake the Senate. And Republicans just did what Democrats did in 2013 and promised to do in 2017.

The reaction from Democrats is hyperbolic outrage.

Jeff Merkely, Democrat Senator from Oregon, claimed this was the end of the Republic:

But that wasn’t the tune Merkley was singing in 2013, when he supported the Harry Reid Option.

Democrats were warned in 2013 that what goes around comes around.

Today it came around.

Senator John Cornyn, after Republicans exercised the Harry Reid Option and passed a cloture motion to end debate, nicely summed up the history of Democrat perfidy on judicial filibusters, and how it has been Democrats who have weaponized cloture votes.

[Featured Image: Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid announcing the elimination of judicial filibusters 2013]


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It should be called the reid option, but I like the mental picture of Nuclear Option.

The Establishment Media Meme henceforth: “REPUBLICANS – REPUBLICANS – REPUBLICANS”

It SHOULD be called the Dirty, Filthy Harry Option.

Except that using it is not as DIRTY and FILTHY as Reid has HISTORICALLY been.

It’s just justice.

Wayward thought as I was reading the weepings of bernie sanders on the reid option.
What would it take for the democrats to impeach a Supreme Court justice should they ever get all three branches of government again?

    murkyv in reply to 4fun. | April 6, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    67 Democrat senators and a willingness to do so.

      murkyv in reply to murkyv. | April 6, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      Or should i say…67 VOTES in the Senate.

      There’s always going to be a few squishy Republicans who rely on “Scottish Law” or something

ugottabekiddinme | April 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm

The NYT laments this move. [adopts Gomer Pyle voice:] “Surprise, surprise!”

The august lady claims the 2013 Democrats left the filibuster in place for Supreme Court nominees because of “the sacrosanct nature of the high court.”

Really? The only federal court with its own Article in the Constitution, it is still just one branch of the federal government, no part of which could possibly be called sacrosanct.

The sanctimonious is strong with this one.

After considering all of the arguments the Dems used against Gorsuch, I have to comment on the most important observation that came out of watching this video.

What do they use for a microphone there? The voice quality is excellent and the speaker can walk around without fading in and out.

Senator Cornyn is my senator and I am thrilled with his speech on the history of the filibuster’s use in judicial appointments- excellent speech, Senator!

“The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms of authority that it doesn’t control.”

“The left has rejected the outcome of the last two presidential elections won by Republicans. It has rejected the judicial authority of the Supreme Court when it decisions don’t accord with its agenda. It rejects the legislative authority of Congress when it is not dominated by the left.”

“It rejected the Constitution so long ago that it hardly bears mentioning.”

Funny, but all you had to do was show Reid’s photo under the title – text was hardly needed.

Thank you for posting the video and thanks to Sen. Cornyn for the history lesson!

the Senate Democrats rule change applied to ALL Executive/Federal nominees including SCotUS. this point was raised in the Senate and NO exclusion of SCotUS nominees is in the Senate record or votes.

Hairy Reed. What a despicable, lying scumbag. Hopefully somebody will bash his other eye out for him. Cretins like him can only exist in the Washington DC bubble. In the real world they would be gutted like fish.

Gremlin1974 | April 7, 2017 at 1:58 am

It shows what a lack of Civic education we have today with the number of people who think the 60 vote threshold is how it has always been. I have see more blog post with titles such as “Republicans change more than 2 centuries of tradition.” How sad.

“So as I say, not as I do” has long been known as the most terrible form of parenting small children. Either the Democrats have never parented small children or they have never grown up – most likely the latter.

Excellent description of what’s happened. I notice not a peep of Harry Reid’s deeds on any of the MSM reports. No surprise.

The Neil Gorsuch appointment: Just another black eye for Harry Reid.

warning karma is a dirty petty vindictive w h o r e.
thanks Harry Reid