Skip to comments.Reid: If Hillary wins and Dems retake the Senate, expect Dems to use the Nuclear Option for SCOTUS
Posted on 01/04/2017 4:16:05 PM PST by Jim Robinson
Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he is confident that he has laid the groundwork for Democrats to nuke the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees if they win back the Senate in November.
Envisioning Hillary Clinton in the White House and Democrats controlling the Senate, Reid warned that if a Senate Republican minority block her Supreme Court nominee, he is confident the party wont hesitate to change the filibuster rules again.
Such a move would be an extension of what Reid did in 2013 when he was still majority leader, eliminating filibusters (with a simple majority vote) on the Presidents nominees. There was only one exception: the Supreme Court. As it stands now, Democrats still need 60 votes to move forward with a Supreme Court nominee.
Reid said, however, that could change.
I really do believe that I have set the Senate so when I leave, were going to be able to get judges done with a majority. It takes only a simple majority anymore. And, its clear to me that if the Republicans try to filibuster another circuit court judge, but especially a Supreme Court justice, Ive told em how and Ive done it, not just talking about it. I did it in changing the rules of the Senate. Itll have to be done again, Reid told TPM in a wide-ranging interview about his time in the Senate and his legacy.
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The question, Jim, is do the pubbies have the stones to use it?
Trump has the stones to use it!!!!
Must be a real disappoint for old Harry
Reid needs to have his T’s crossed and his I’s dotted.
Maybe Trump will give McConnell a set because up until now he’s been a eunuch.
I hope Reid is using his exercise machine again...
Are you really this stupid? What goes around is coming around to bite you in the ass. Thanks for doubling down, you miserable friggin socialist. Go away and expire, er, retire.
Sounds like a great idea. Nuclear option for judges. Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander.
Not about “stones” with the GOP-e. They want what the Dems want, even if the last election was the greatest statement thus far by the electorate that we absolutely reject it.
Great find, JimRob!
So the Rats were going to eliminate the supermajority for the SCOTUS?
Well, lets help them. Then watch the Rat hypocrites and the MSM scream bloody murder!
With Shumer’s demand that Trump abandon the republicans and join with him and the Dims, Trump and McConnell ought to declare that the Nuclear Option is in effect as of mid-night tonight for all bills and nominees.
Chuckie Schumer is like a three year old whiner having a tantrum as was Dingy Harry, it’s in the RATS blood.
Chuckie still hasn’t come to the realization that’s what is responsible for President-elect Trumps win, people are fed up!
I expect “courageous” McCain, Graham and Collins to oppose using the nuclear option to again “save the Senate.” Remember when the nuclear option was being considered in 2005 when Democrats were blocking Bush’s conservative judicial nominees, the nuclear option was blocked by these three plus 4 other RINOs that are no longer in the Senate. Along with 7 Democrats, they formed the infamous Gang of 14 to block the nuclear option and work out a compromise.
Hope that I am wrong.
I think keeping it at 60 was best for the country so that some measure of bipartisanship was needed to confirm court appointees. But Reid crossed that Rubicon, and as the article states, he would have undoubtedly eliminated the filibuster even for Supreme Court nominees if they were back in power. The Republicans need to approve Scalia’s replacement (and soon Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s and Anthony Kennedy’s) by simple majority and be done with it.
The Dems love to talk about out of the mainstream as a description of non-Democrat judicial nominees. But having eliminated the filibuster for every appointment short of SCOTUS nominees, they face the unprecedented situation where the POTUS-elect has published a list (two, actually) of people he would consider appointing to SCOTUS - and subsequently won the presidential election. In that context the term out of the mainstream is a non sequitur.
Senator McConnell should abolish the filibuster for nominees already vetted by the presidential election. If Trump nominates someone on the list, filibustering his confirmation vote would not be proper. The only possible justification for allowing it would be to smoke out the Democrat senators who are up for reelection in 18. There are 25 of them, ten of whom hail from states Trump won after publishing his list.
i think we need to play this everytime before we nuke the g-d democrats.
Reid, I’m sorry, but Madam Crimewave and the American Light Communist Party (fka Dems) lost. Now, STFU, Harry...
Yeah the GOP would have Filibustered Hillary’s picks like they did with Kagan and Sotomayor
“Reid needs to have his Ts crossed and his Is dotted.”
And the elastic bands on his exercise machine tested.
He got one eye dotted, and the union thugs did a pretty good jog of it.
Trump needs to do what Obama did in the sense that he never ever cared about polls or reaching across the aisle. He had an agenda and he put it through. He threw so much out there that the republicans didn’t know where or how to focus.
Amen! And take no prisoners!
LOL! Add the old Toyota “You asked for it, you got it” and we have a concert shaping up.
Hello from the future, harry!
Well, it looks like the shoe is on the other hand now harry.
You buttered your bread, now sleep in it!
We won and now you have given us a weapon we will use to crush you and your pathetic band of anti-American thugs.
——Maybe Trump will give McConnell a set -—
Nothing so dramatic.....
Chuckie is merely reading from a script containing the words to be conveyed to the masses hoping something will be done to stop the Trump led Republican juggernaut.
The senator is lying for effect
Way back in the mid 1990s, Microsoft Word offered the spelling correction “scummier” for “Schumer”. It fit then, it fits now.
Yo, Schumer, elections have consequences!
Chuckie get used that reality for the next 8 years as your rat party become history.
You’re welcome BUT I stole it from another FReeper and I don’t even remember who that was. lol
We are a family of FRthieves, keeoing it in the family.:)
Gee, Harry, that didn’t work out too well for you guys, did it? Well, too f’ing bad, you scumbag!
Oh, and don’t even think that you’re fellow Rats will have a chance in Hell of re-taking the Senate any time soon. With 25 out of 33 seats up in 2018 being Rats, you guys will be lucky to get out with 40 seats.
GFY, Dingy Harry!
Yes, and moreover the GOPe won’t hesitate to reveal themselves...the Dems won’t need a filibuster to stop real conservative, original intent judges.
e nuclear option was blocked by these three plus 4 other RINOs
Yep back then we had the all three branches of Government and couldn’t do squat.....SOOOO NOW NUKE IT ASAP AND GET OUR SHT DONE!
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