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November 23, 2013 - 1:09 pm

I think if Robert Byrd had still been alive and serving in the Senate, the adoption of the nuclear option would have failed.

Say what you want to about the old Kluxer, he revered Senate tradition and history. But those traditions that Byrd held dear have now been trampled in the dust by a new breed of Democratic Senator; contemptuous of minority rights, extremist in their politics, and disdainful of their own leadership.

Call them the Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party. And their greatest triumph was the destruction of the filibuster. What’s worse, they’re not finished.

Los Angeles Times:

“The Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party definitely are showing that they have growing influence in the caucus, and in government in general,” said Matt Wall of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group that works to promote progressive candidates and issues in Democratic primaries. On Friday, Warren circulated a fundraising letter to supporters on behalf of Merkley and Udall, thanking them for their role in changing the rule. Both men face reelection in 2014.

The changing Democratic tactics may reflect a generational shift occurring in the Senate. It’s almost certain that by the start of the next Congress in 2015, more than half of the Democratic caucus will have been elected since 2008, when gridlock reached new heights. But nine of the new Senate Democrats are former Congress members, all of whom served at least part of their time under Republican majorities. Three were governors who served with Republican legislatures.

The shift among Democrats has at times confounded Republicans, particularly on the filibuster issue. Aides to Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), the third-longest-serving Republican, said they had felt that Reid’s most recent moves telegraphing the nuclear option were a bluff.

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday railed against the actions of “uninitiated newcomers in the Democratic caucus,” reminding them they had never served in the minority in the Senate. Those who have a longer memory “should know better,” he added.

Six-term Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan was the only Democrat to speak out against his party’s move, citing the late institutionalist Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and Robert C. Byrd in arguing against tinkering with long-standing rules.

“Before we discard the uniqueness of this great institution, let us use the current rules and precedents of the Senate to end the abuse of the filibuster,” said Levin, who will retire after next year.

But those pushing for the rule change won over one Democratic stalwart.

“There are many of us that really wanted to keep things the way they were, because that’s the way they were,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). “One thing I know: that you learn from history. And right now we can’t let the present be the future. So you’ve got to make the change, or this becomes a body that doesn’t mutate.”

Levin is correct. The carefully built structures in the Senate that put a brake on the passions of the people’s House — not to mention a grasping executive branch — are now history. The Senate is now just another legislative body — a pale echo of the House and little more than a rubber stamp for whatever schemes and schemers the president wishes to inflict on the American people.

The new Democrats may, indeed, rue the day they voted for the nuclear option. But by the time they do, it’s an open question how much of the “old Senate” will still be worth saving.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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There should be no surprise that the Democrats would go nuclear. After all, it's not as if they ever again be in the Minority. This is part and parcel with the fact that Barack "Constitutional Law Professor" Obama announced which laws pertaining to Obamacare may be broken, reminding us that he has chosen to disregard the Constitutional limitations of the Office. Presidents never had such authority, de-jure, but there is a growing recognition that Obama has assumed it "de-facto". If the Left Wing intended to abide by the results of honest elections, they also would not want a President to have those powers, less their political adversaries’ inherited said powers.

This suggests that the Left Wing does not intend to abide by the results of honest elections. This is why they are intent to destroy the integrity of the electoral process. For example, there is no reason why voter identification should not be readily available to anyone who wants it. There is no reason why voter identification would differentiate based upon race or sex. Yet, it is asserted that minorities are adversely affected by Voter ID. The fact that the lack of Voter ID facilitates vote fraud cannot be logically refuted. The response is to assert there is no vote fraud. All examples provided are simply dismissed as "anecdotal" or simply ignored.

We are witnessing a coup d'état in real time.
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As mentioned in a couple of other articles on Tatler, it is all about the outcome that matters to the Dems, not how they achieve the outcome. They will get their court packed. Those liberal judges will uphold all sorts of ridiculous expansions of the federal government and the administrative state. Nefarious buyoffs and parliamentary tricks are how we ended up with Obamacare. Didn't matter how they got there, they got there.

Republicans could learn a thing or two about winning. Because as they are showing, winning really does matter.
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For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Senators from blue States shoved through the rule change to get what they wanted.

Yes, the grasping Democrats decided to toss out over 2 centuries of tradition - but now I understand Virginia has begun talking the preliminary steps to call for a "convention of the states".

Last time that happened, the old government under the Articles of Confederation found itself being phased out and a completely new government being created.

This could get truly - and frighteningly - interesting before it plays out to the end.

For instance, would the current federal government acknowledge the legitimacy anything said convention of the states (were it to convene) decided upon, or would it ignore it or maybe even move to incarcerate the participants?
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Assuming Republicans are able to take back the Senate and the White House, we should reinstate the super majority rules as a constitutional amendment. After, of course, taking full advantage to repeal as much of the last 100 years of "progressive" folly as we can.
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Congratulations.
You just destroyed the ratchet that was keeping us from annulling the abominations you've managed to pass into law over the years.
Hope you're proud of yourself.

Next Republican to say "we don't have the votes to overcome a filibuster" gets a primary challenge!
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Historically, completely usurping governmental representation was cause for a bloody revolution: storming the seat of government, and slashing and burning everything in sight.

The conservatives won't do this, because we have morals. But just wait until we win the majority, and try to play by the same rules. The liberals will have absolutely no compunction about it. Better stock up on ammo.
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I am glad they did this. They have established the precedent. When there is once again a Repub-controlled Senate in 2014, and a Repub-controlled WH, we will see this extended to legislation, in order to be able to completely repeal OCare. Then it will be used to repeal all kinds of laws. It will be used to kill off agencies and departments. Imagine, the end of the EPA, OSHA, HUD, Education, ENERGY, and so on.

They have opened the door to the destruction of the Progressive agencies. It takes longer to build these things up than to tear them down, as long as it is possible to tear them down. This has made it possible. I now have real hope for America, because I now see a pathway.
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"When there is once again a Repub-controlled Senate in 2014"

You don't get it. They do NOT intend to lose any more elections. Hence their attacks on Voter ID. Hence the push for immigration "reform".

Remember the Franken election in Minnesota. Remember the Senate elections in Missouri and Alaska in 2008.

The general elections of 2008 may go down as the last reasonably honest elections in our history.
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Vichy America.
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There should be no surprise that the Democrats would go nuclear. After all, it's not as if they ever again be in the Minority. This is part and parcel with the fact that Barack "Constitutional Law Professor" Obama announced which laws pertaining to Obamacare may be broken, reminding us that he has chosen to disregard the Constitutional limitations of the Office. Presidents never had such authority, de-jure, but there is a growing recognition that Obama has assumed it "de-facto". If the Left Wing intended to abide by the results of honest elections, they also would not want a President to have those powers, less their political adversaries’ inherited said powers.

This suggests that the Left Wing does not intend to abide by the results of honest elections. This is why they are intent to destroy the integrity of the electoral process. For example, there is no reason why voter identification should not be readily available to anyone who wants it. There is no reason why voter identification would differentiate based upon race or sex. Yet, it is asserted that minorities are adversely affected by Voter ID. The fact that the lack of Voter ID facilitates vote fraud cannot be logically refuted. The response is to assert there is no vote fraud. All examples provided are simply dismissed as "anecdotal" or simply ignored.

We are witnessing a coup d'état in real time.
21 weeks ago
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There will be hell to pay ... for Republicans. Count on Republicans to be pussies about this and effectively do nothing.
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Count on the Kamikaze brigade to continue to help the Democrats keep control of the Senate.
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