Friday, November 18, 2016

The Harry Reid precedent

Remember back in 2013 when Harry Reid had "no choice" but to change the filibuster rules on Presidential nominees?  Good times.

Now that the rules have been changed, a new President will reap the benefit:
Democrats feared then that watering down the supermajority requirement could later ease the confirmation of anti-abortion nominees. Now they are confronting that very prospect: After setting the precedent of changing Senate rules, there’s little reason to think Republicans wouldn’t do the same if their hand is forced.

“I mean, [Democrats] set the standard,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the most senior Republican senator and a former Judiciary chairman. “They really screwed up the rules. Frankly, they did it for pure political purposes. The Republicans are not limited now.”
Last month, when Hillary was a shoo-in, Harry Reid suggested that Democrats would extend the filibuster rule to Supreme Court nominees.  You opened the door, chief.

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