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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    So Harry Reid proved himself a fraud when he said he would never support removing the filibuster rule. I hope these justices are worth it, because when the GOP retakes the Senate there will be hell to pay. Changing the rules to get what you want is such a pattern for the democrats that they have hastened the day they are removed from control
    Let's get it right. The filibuster is still in affect except for presidential nominations (less those for the Supreme Court).
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    i think the fact we can now fill 93 judicial vacancies is a trade.
    A trade for whom? Justices as they stand only seem to support government power. I don't see it in the peoples interest to fill those seats.

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    I guess balance in power isn't important. Why not just let one party rule? I see nothing wrong with it at all.

    I wonder what they plan to do if they ever lose the Senate? Cry?
    The senate still has to approve nominations does it not? Still takes 51 votes? So that complaint fails.
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by CalGun View Post
    I can't wait to hear the pigs scream when the Republicans take back the senate next year and the lems get the nuclear fall out.
    why so certain that the democrats will lose the senate?
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Dickieboy View Post
    Why too late? When the GOP was bitching that's all they did. The Democrats took the 'bitching' one step further which truly seems hypocritical considering their angst directed at Frist when he suggested the same action...
    The GOP was mad about obstructionism when they were in power and then went ape**** with it to an unprecedented level when Democrats took power. That's why it's too late to bitch about hypocrisy regarding the filibuster.
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    The senate still has to approve nominations does it not? Still takes 51 votes? So that complaint fails.
    Last time I checked they don't need republicans to join them to get 51 votes.

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    Let's get it right. The filibuster is still in affect except for presidential nominations (less those for the Supreme Court).
    Harry Reid changed the procedural rules of the Senate unilaterally to be able to hold the vote to change the filibusterer rule. The GOP in the Senate will make him eat this. Good bye any budget compromise in the spring; goodbye immigration reform; goodbye democratic control of the senate. Harry Reid just turned Obama into a lame duck 2 years early and empowered the Tea Party by a magnitude of 10. Political karma just loves dirty tricks.

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Harry Reid finally comes through

    The Senate has voted to change its rules so that a simple majority is required to confirm judicial nominations and executive branch picks — the so-called “nuclear option.”
    The final vote was 52-48. The previous threshold was 60 votes to bring such nominations to a final up-or-down vote.
    “The threshold for cloture on nominations not including the Supreme Court, is now a majority,” Sen Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), the Senate president pro temp, declared after the vote.
    Three Democrats voted with Republicans against the change: Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.). Levin is a longtime senator; Manchin and Pryor come from red states.
    Shortly after the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) office sent around a memo noting that the Senate has changed its procedures using a majority vote 18 times since 1977. Republicans, though, note that none of the changes rise to the level of today’s change.

    Senate approves nuclear option
    Civics lesson required, please. I was under the assumption that the Republicans were filibustering everything left and right. Are changes in Senate procedural rules immune to this?

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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    Last time I checked they don't need republicans to join them to get 51 votes.
    So maybe republicans should win more elections.
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    Re: Senate approves nuclear option

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    I don't see it in the peoples interest to fill those seats.
    If that's the objection, then those in the Senate who believe the Court is too large should propose legislation to reduce the number of seats. If adopted, then the Court would be smaller. That's the proper role for representative government. Interpreting rules, traditionally implemented to limit the risk of confirming unqualified or truly objectionable individuals, in a fashion to impose that de facto outcome circumvents the role of representative government.

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