Michael Schaus

Well. . . Harry Reid has gone nuclear. Yesterday the Senate, with cheerleading from Democrats in the House of Representatives and our honesty-deprived White House, passed a rule that would strip the minority party of its right to filibuster most Presidential nominees. The move itself (known as the “nuclear option”) usurps the Senate’s traditional eye toward minority rights, and dismantles the republican form of deliberation for which the Senate is known. The truly audacious part of the Senate Democrat’s power grab, however, was their blatant hypocrisy. After all, in 2005 they voted against this very rule change.

Now don’t get me wrong. . . It’s not as if I represent, or belong to, a party that is as pure as the wind driven snow. After all, I think most people would agree that a politician of any party would likely be the first person you would meet (after lawyers and used car salesmen) if you were unfortunate enough to not make the guest-list into Heaven. But, given their willingness to break promises, there seems to be a fair chance that the politician would be a registered Democrat. (Especially if they’re dead, and from Chicago.) But that blanket charge of less-than pure intentions should hardly exempt Democrat leadership from bearing the slings and arrows of public outrage.

At issue is a filibuster rule (employed heavily by Democrats when they were in the minority) that can often slow the President’s nominees for key positions to a crawl. Harry Reid, and his Democrat colleagues, decided that such a “super majority” is too cumbersome for Presidential nominees. . . And so, like a child who alters the game when he gets the ball, Reid and Senate Democrats changed the senate rules. Now only a simple majority is needed to approve of Presidential nominees. Only 51 votes (out of 100 for those of you who need to brush up on civics class) will be needed to confirm candidates for key executive positions. In other words: Who ever owns the Senate, will henceforth own the process.

For the moment, we’ll pass over the conversation about majority politics, the Senate’s traditional eye toward prolonged deliberation, and representative government that protects the interests of minority parties. More at issue is the fact that the move illustrated the left’s insatiable appetite for consolidation of power.

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance, and the Executive Producer for Ransom Notes Radio. He is a former talk show host and political activist. Having worked in fields ranging from construction to financial investment, his perspectives and world views are forged with a deep understanding of what it means to be an American.

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