"The American people have rejected the nuclear option because they see it for what it is ó an unconstitutional abuse of power."
Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader, April 26, 2005
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Friday that he will consider enacting the so-called "nuclear option," or changing Senate rules by a simple majority vote, if judicial nominations do not start moving through the Senate, Roll Call reports.
During an interview with Nevada Public Radio, Reid warned that he was willing to make drastic changes to Senate rules if action is not taken on the ballooning number of stalled judicial nominees.
ďAll 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 said.
"If the Republicans in the Senate donít start approving some judges and donít start helping get some of these nominations done, then weíre going to have to take more action."
So let's see.
In 2005, using the nuclear option to get judges confirmed was "an unconstitutional abuse of power." In 2013, using the nuclear option to get judges confirmed is a perfectly legitimate procedure.
Or "Tea Party"
Or "the sound of my voice".
But certainly not because of any principled reason.
But then again, given that we have seen that the Democrats -- from Obama to Reid and Pelosi, to the lowest Democrat elected official in some podunk townin the middle of nowhere -- adhere to no principles beyond "we have the power" and "we want to", I guess we should not be surprised.