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November 21, 2013 - 9:45 am

Moments ago the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate deployed the “nuclear option,” ending minority filibusters on judicial nominees below the Supreme Court level. Nominees will now proceed forward on majority vote, despite warnings from Democrats in the past that such a move would make politics more bitter.

Several vulnerable Democratic senators voted to sustain the filibuster rules, including Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Joe Manchin (D-WV). Mary Landrieu (D-LA) voted for the nuclear option. That’s sure to come up in the lengthy case against her re-election next year. Her likely Republican opponent is Dr. Bill Cassidy.

There will be a price for today’s act after the 2014 mid-terms. The precedent set may end up tearing down President Obama’s signature policy failure.

 

 

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Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I'm waiting for McCain-McConnell to blame this vote on Sens Cruz and Lee. Hey John, how's that 'reaching across the aisle' to your 'good friends' working out for you? Dumbass...

Remember BENGHAZI!
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We are governed and led by sleazy, low-life, anti-American scum that you would not even speak to if you saw them on the street.....and they are in BOTH parties. We need a cleansing of D.C. the likes of which have not been seen in our lifetimes. The corruption, complicity, and outright collusion with our nation's enemies is quite startling. Lies, deceit, camouflage, a complicit neo-communist media covering their corrupt asses.....vote TEA PARTY 2014!!!

Remember BENGHAZI!
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Careful what you wish for Harry. This is sure to come back and bite you in the ass.


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This may be a real chuckle in 2015. After all, a swing of a mere three seats in the mid-terms will mean the GOP will control the Senate. That will be the end of Commander Zero's ability to appoint anyone. Pay back can be wonderful fun. Oh, and should the GOP really rock the house, how about starting impeachment against Holder, various judges, etc? Dems wouldn't be able to do anything about it...except maybe a real filibuster.
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Here's the latest from Sen. Ted Cruz (R) from a radio interview on Houston KTRH (the Michael Berry Sho). Sen Cruz said that the reason that the senate destroyed its own procedure that has lasted since the beginning of the 1789 Congress is so that it would take only a 50% majority and not a 60% majority to stop minority party fillibusters from stopping confirmation of presidentially nominated judges into office. Eventhough Harry Reid swore several years ago that he would never support this "Nuclear Option", he did anyway. According to Sen. Cruz, Reid did this so that the Obama administration could pack the DC appelate court system with friendly judges so that the upcoming criminal charges against Obama and members of his administration would get blocked and they would be off the hook. Can you imagine that?!!
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Little by little the social contract I learnt about in Social Studies is simply being airbrushed away. Another one of our checks and balances bites the big one. More tyranny of the majority; more damage to our judicial system that will last for decades.

And when and if the screw turns, you can bet a Republican party that has a Senate majority will be very, very reluctant to re-institute the 2/3rds rule. Why should they? And what would it accomplish if they did? Prove how chivalrous they are? So that the ultraleftard zero-sum machine the Democratic party has morphed into can simply swap it back again the first time they take the Senate back? Would anyone even notice....?

I look at my state (CA) and I want to cry. I look at my country and I want to scream.
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Landrieu is a goner with her vote on Obamacare. Today's vote is to avoid a primary challenger, and will net her a coushy political job upon her defeat in 2014.
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If packing the court becomes the norm for the majority party in the Senate, there are some extreme implications for judicial politics. And don't say that there is no such thing as judicial politics. Aside from the saying of how the Supreme Court follows the election returns, why do the Democrats so want to pack the courts other than to have their politics imposed over the rule of law?

Subotai Bahadur
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I think I did mention "no more Mike Castles" - how did that get translated as me being a "unity guy"? Nonetheless, I have no problem with "unity" as long as I can - in good conscience - vote for the the candidate who makes it through the process.
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This is not news to the press. Only newsworthy if GOP had done it. Sort of like media not mentioning the all the homeless -- until the day after a GOP president is elected. Otherwise, Harry figures it won't start a rebellion, just hopes turnabout won't come into play during his Senate tenure.
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If Harry Reid wants to "serve" in a body ruled by simple majority then he should run for the House - and be defeated.

Wait around, Harry, payback will be a b*tch.
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I assert that Harry Reid is the single most duplicitous, self-serving, weasel of a person to ever serve as Senate majority leader. He is a most singularly disgusting entity, worthy of public scorn and derision.
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If Harry Reid wants to "serve" in a body ruled by simple majority then he should run for the House - and be defeated.
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I'm waiting for McCain-McConnell to blame this vote on Sens Cruz and Lee. Hey John, how's that 'reaching across the aisle' to your 'good friends' working out for you? Dumbass...

Remember BENGHAZI!
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