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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Levin realizes this move may very well come back to bite them in the butt in the near future.
    Not doing anything is biting them.

    Sorry, but the Cons abused the right. When you don't respect your rights, you tend to lose them. That said, I suggest the Cons wanted this to happen. They could have prevented it.

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    How can you say wrong - the precedence has been set.
    Because filibusters on legislation have not been removed.


    In the future any senate majority can now use this option to end any filibuster either on SCOTUS nominees or to pass or repeal any legislation.
    Incorrect. The rule changes do not affect either Supreme Court nominations or legislation.

    Besides, as far as I know only one SCOTUS nominee has ever been delayed by a filibuster -- Fortas in 1968. In fact, Republicans tried to say "it wasn't a real filibuster." (PolitiFact | Toobin says a Supreme Court nominee has never been filibustered successfully)


    If something is used once, in this case just for presidential appointments and nothing else, it can and will be used again and again.
    It is far from clear they would get a majority vote for a removal of all filibusters.

    Even if they did, that would ultimately be a good thing. The Senate was never designed to require a supermajority to pass legislation or to confirm appointments -- and that is exactly what it has become.


    ....according to the news this morning I have read where several Republicans already say their will use this precedence, this same procedure used by senator Reid if they win the white house in 2016
    Hahahaha

    Err, sorry. Anyway, many of the senators who voted to change the rules know what they're doing, and would be glad to get rid of an abused policy -- even if that means some legislation doesn't go their way.

    Plus, it wasn't that long ago that it was conservatives who wanted to get rid of the filibuster: FLASHBACK: When Conservatives Decried Filibusters And Urged Senate Majority Leader To Use Nuclear Option | Research | Media Matters for America


    This thing will escalate, mark my word.
    I certainly hope so. It's a procedure that has gone from being the exception to the rule, and it's preventing the government from doing its job.

    A lot more work needs to be done to get the government back on track, but at least this is a step in the right direction.

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by buck View Post
    Republicans have already stated once they take back the senate, they will be adding SC judges to the list of appointments that can't be filibustered. Democrats will completly change their position on this move once that happens.
    That was Senator Grassley who stated that. There was another senator this morning I heard on the radio that said all the republicans want to do now is win back the senate in 2014 and take the presidency in 2016 and the ACA is history. It will take only 51 votes in the senate to repeal it.
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    That was Senator Grassley who stated that. There was another senator this morning I heard on the radio that said all the republicans want to do now is win back the senate in 2014 and take the presidency in 2016 and the ACA is history. It will take only 51 votes in the senate to repeal it.
    The GOP won't win the Senate or the Presidency so...ain't gonna happen. The GOP will be lucky to keep 40 Senate Seats in '14 is my opinion.

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    Get back with me if the republicans win the senate next year and perhaps the white house in 2016 and just watch how many times this procedure is used by them to get everything they want passed and repealed.
    Yeah, that's pretty much how it's supposed to work.

    Part of living in a representative democracy is accepting that sometimes, the votes will not go your way.


    You must have a lot of trust in the republicans. The tooth paste is out of the tube and there is no putting it back. The senate rules state it take 67 votes to change them, but Reid used a loophole. That little loop hole will grow pretty darn big in the future. Big enough to drive a train through and then it will keep expanding.
    What you fail to recognize is that it is the filibuster rules that are the "loophole" here, that have expanded beyond control.

    It is NOT a good thing for the minority to be able to hinder the entire federal government. The system wasn't designed that way, and since we do not use a parliamentary system, it has no business being part of government.

    In addition, the frequency of filibusters has gone off the charts in the last 5-10 years. I don't care if it is Democrats or Republicans stopping nominees out of political spite, neither of them should be allowed to do so. Nominees should not be subject to secret holds and threats of filibusters, they should get a straight up-or-down vote. As, really, should all legislation in the Senate.

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    The GOP won't win the Senate or the Presidency so...ain't gonna happen. The GOP will be lucky to keep 40 Senate Seats in '14 is my opinion.
    Cause your so unbiased.

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by eohrnberger View Post
    (Emphasis mine)

    Exactly right.

    While Obama and the democrats are overjoyed to have the ability to pack the DC appeals court with their pro-ObamaCare stateist judges (it's been reported that they are the ones that will hear all the cases regarding ObamaCare regulation interpretation) me thinks that they just screwed ObamaCare into an earlier repeal than if they hadn't.

    Are they, and many others that support this law, still of the opinion that everyone'll love it and the repeal movement will lose all traction? I'm kinda doubting that. I see it as more likely to be a growing snowball rolling down hill and constantly getting bigger.

    A great political strategist he's not, in spite of the myths that say he is. This would appear to be just another example that he's not.

    Obama: The Myth of the Master Strategist | National Review Online
    I just heard that President Obama pushed back the date on the employer mandates past the election of next year in hopes that Obamacare will just go away as a campaign issue. It may or may not. But why worry about it anymore. Just concentrate on winning back the senate next year, then get a Republican in the White House come 2016 and it is gone. I am positive the GOP will use the Senator Harry Reid option on this.

    So I don't care one iota about the ACA anymore. Just that the Republicans win the senate next year and take the White House in 2016, viola, via the Senator Harry Reid option, trash it. Perhaps they get use the Senator Harry Reid Option to get rid of the EPA and the Department of Energy also. How about using the Senator Harry Reid Option to privatize Social Security?

    My advice to the Republicans would be not to worry about legislation or anything else, just concentrate on winning back the senate next year and the presidency in 2016. The Senator Harry Reid Option will take care of anything else the Democrat get done. My friend, it is all on the table if you have total control of the House, Senate and White House. 218 representatives, 50 senators plus the VP and the the president, you now become absolute ruler of the U.S. and no one can stop you from doing anything, pushing you complete political agenda. Thank You Much, Senator Harry Reid.
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    I read that, too....


    As president, Obama has a right to fill those empty seats just as much as a republican president would. Do you doubt for a minute that the GOP wouldn't if they could?
    Of course the Reps would try to pack the court. Wouldn't make it right with me either. Also, the Congress decides how many seats are on any given court.

    One of the most interesting items in our history, was when FDR tried to pack the Supreme Court by getting the Congress to add seats that he could fill and get his New Deal approved by the SCOTUS if parts of it were challenged in the courts. Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    I suppose. But if there are three vacant seats then that suggests the court hasn't always been balanced and if has to lean I would prefer it to lean left....especially given the fact that SCOTUS leans to the right There's the balance.
    I would prefer it be balanced. The SCOTUS does lean right, but not that far. The Chief Justice is probably only one of two (Kennedy the other) that are centrally located in the realm of ideology. But again, the number of seats on the court isn't a hard written in stone number. Just because a seat is open, it doesn't have to be filled. If the Senate reduced the number of seats, there would be no guarantee that the Republicans could increase the number at a later date.


    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    I hope they bring the old style of filibuster back.....
    That would be great, and make good TV as well.


    Quote Originally Posted by Moot View Post
    You're a good poster and make some good points, Beau. It's a pleasure talking to you.
    Thanks Moot. I appreciate that. I've enjoyed discussing this with you as well.

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    As far as I'm concerned, this is a bad move by the democrats. It's a blatant attack on the what the framers of this country intended, it is a move towards totalitarian government, and keeping the opposition down. I hear Obama has since nominated 30 individuals, doubtless these people would never have past the confirmation process.

    Of course, whenever the republican gain control, the chances of which have just been greatly increased, they will have free reign to do as they please. At least they'll only need 51 votes to pass anything they want, since such a drastic change in the rules is now okay.

    Ironic, it was these left wing statists that called it the "Nuclear Option" because they were sooo against doing it. What a bunch of corrupt hypocrites.
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    When Sen. McConnell quipped to have an up or down vote in 2005, DEMs fixed the problem in 2013..
    Dems did not filibuster Alito or Thomas to death, though Kerry tried on Alito but no filibuster vote given..
    Alito approved 58-42..Thomas approved 52-48, an insult as the lowest ever..
    Sen. Grassley threatened a Scalia on Dems, who was confirmed 98-0..My how times have changed..
    Imagine if Obama gets another SCOTUS Justice..All Hell will break loose .
    Except if you've been following along you'd know this dem rule change does not apply to SCOTUS nominations or to legislation. It's strictly centered around non-SCOTUS judicial appointments.

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