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April 06, 2013

Harry Reid Threatens To Engage In "Unconstitutional Abuse Of Power"

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"The American people have rejected the nuclear option because they see it for what it is — an unconstitutional abuse of power."
Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader, April 26, 2005

What a difference eight years make.

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.

“All 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 don’t start approving some judges and don’t start helping get some of these nominations done, then we’re 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.

Because "Obama".

Or "Tea Party"

Or "the sound of my voice".

Or something.

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.





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