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Reid: If Hillary wins and Dems retake the Senate, expect Dems to use the Nuclear Option for SCOTUS
legalinsurrection.com ^ | October 25, 2016 | Posted by William A. Jacobson

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 won’t 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 President’s 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, we’re going to be able to get judges done with a majority. It takes only a simple majority anymore. And, it’s clear to me that if the Republicans try to filibuster another circuit court judge, but especially a Supreme Court justice, I’ve told ’em how and I’ve done it, not just talking about it. I did it in changing the rules of the Senate. It’ll 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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 115th; borking; democratscandals; dingyharry; dncstrategy; filibuster; filibusterproof; filibusterrule; harryreid; hypocrites; justices; nuclearoption; obstructionists; reid; schumer; scotus; supremecourt; thenewpartyofno; trumpscotus; trumpstillwinning; trumpwinsagain
Cry me a River, Dedicated to Chuckie Schumer
1 posted on 01/04/2017 4:16:05 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

The question, Jim, is do the pubbies have the stones to use it?


2 posted on 01/04/2017 4:18:13 PM PST by cardinal4 ("Sat stonefaced while the building burned..")
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To: cardinal4

Trump has the stones to use it!!!!


3 posted on 01/04/2017 4:18:53 PM PST by Trump Girl Kit Cat (Yosemite Sam raising hell)
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To: Jim Robinson

Click the Pic

4 posted on 01/04/2017 4:19:51 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Jim Robinson

Must be a real disappoint for old Harry


5 posted on 01/04/2017 4:21:19 PM PST by Nifster (I see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: Jim Robinson

Reid needs to have his T’s crossed and his I’s dotted.


6 posted on 01/04/2017 4:23:14 PM PST by VRW Conspirator (Enforce the Law. Build the Wall.)
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To: cardinal4

Maybe Trump will give McConnell a set because up until now he’s been a eunuch.


7 posted on 01/04/2017 4:26:40 PM PST by TigersEye (Congratulations, President Donald J. Trump! - Let's MAGA!!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

I hope Reid is using his exercise machine again...

5.56mm


8 posted on 01/04/2017 4:27:52 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Jim Robinson
Got it Harry. Thanks for the warning in advance. Trump will work with McConnell to include the nuke option for the USSC. Harry, you set the precedent for nominees and now threatening to further push it further if the Dems take the Senate in 2018?

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.

9 posted on 01/04/2017 4:27:59 PM PST by A Navy Vet (I'm not Islamophobic - I'm Islamonauseous. Plus LGBTQxyz nauseous.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Sounds like a great idea. Nuclear option for judges. Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander.


10 posted on 01/04/2017 4:30:12 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (“If you are not prepared to use force to defend civilization, then be prepared to accept barbarism.)
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To: cardinal4

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.


11 posted on 01/04/2017 4:30:34 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Jim Robinson

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!


12 posted on 01/04/2017 4:32:13 PM PST by bkopto
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


13 posted on 01/04/2017 4:39:57 PM PST by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: Jim Robinson

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!


14 posted on 01/04/2017 4:44:39 PM PST by jazusamo (Have YOU Donated to Free Republic? https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


15 posted on 01/04/2017 4:47:30 PM PST by JeepersFreepers (The heart of the wise inclines to the right but the heart of the fool to the left. (Eccl 10:2 NIV))
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


16 posted on 01/04/2017 4:50:02 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Fiddlstix

Click The Pic for
Cry Me A River

17 posted on 01/04/2017 4:58:58 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Jim Robinson
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.


18 posted on 01/04/2017 4:58:59 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which ‘liberalism’ coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Jim Robinson

i think we need to play this everytime before we nuke the g-d democrats.


19 posted on 01/04/2017 5:24:18 PM PST by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Reid, I’m sorry, but Madam Crimewave and the American Light Communist Party (fka Dems) lost. Now, STFU, Harry...


20 posted on 01/04/2017 5:41:09 PM PST by ConservaTeen (Islam is Not the Religion of Peace, but The religion of Pedophilia...)
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To: Jim Robinson

Yeah the GOP would have Filibustered Hillary’s picks like they did with Kagan and Sotomayor


21 posted on 01/04/2017 5:44:47 PM PST by uncbob
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To: VRW Conspirator

“Reid needs to have his T’s crossed and his I’s dotted.”

And the elastic bands on his exercise machine tested.


22 posted on 01/04/2017 5:45:19 PM PST by vette6387
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To: VRW Conspirator

He got one eye dotted, and the union thugs did a pretty good jog of it.


23 posted on 01/04/2017 7:09:56 PM PST by Arkansas Tider (Army EOD (Ret))
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


24 posted on 01/04/2017 9:02:10 PM PST by Phillyred
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To: Eleutheria5
Sauce for the goose, sauce for the gander.

BINGO!

25 posted on 01/04/2017 9:25:16 PM PST by GOPJ (ObamaCare Motto: "If You Like Your Doctor, Maybe You'll Like Your New Doctor" - Dave Barry)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Amen! And take no prisoners!


26 posted on 01/05/2017 2:58:23 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Jim Robinson

LOL! Add the old Toyota “You asked for it, you got it” and we have a concert shaping up.


27 posted on 01/05/2017 4:08:23 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


28 posted on 01/05/2017 4:49:07 AM PST by freedumb2003 (obozo: not just the worst president in American history - worst *American* in American history (turf)
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To: TigersEye

——Maybe Trump will give McConnell a set -—

Elaine Chao


29 posted on 01/05/2017 4:52:21 AM PST by bert (K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... Macroagression melts snowflakes)
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To: jazusamo

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


30 posted on 01/05/2017 4:55:56 AM PST by bert (K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... Macroagression melts snowflakes)
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To: Jim Robinson

Way back in the mid 1990s, Microsoft Word offered the spelling correction “scummier” for “Schumer”. It fit then, it fits now.


31 posted on 01/05/2017 5:04:28 AM PST by NorthMountain (Northmountain)
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To: Jim Robinson

Yo, Schumer, elections have consequences!

Chuckie get used that reality for the next 8 years as your rat party become history.


32 posted on 01/05/2017 10:52:06 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Obama shut your lying mouth and leave America! You are past your use by date! You stink!)
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To: Fiddlstix
Thanks for this replay!


33 posted on 01/05/2017 10:55:47 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Obama shut your lying mouth and leave America! You are past your use by date! You stink!)
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To: Grampa Dave

You’re welcome BUT I stole it from another FReeper and I don’t even remember who that was. lol


34 posted on 01/05/2017 11:03:35 AM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Fiddlstix

We are a family of FRthieves, keeoing it in the family.:)


35 posted on 01/05/2017 11:18:54 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Obama shut your lying mouth and leave America! You are past your use by date! You stink!)
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To: Jim Robinson

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!


36 posted on 01/05/2017 1:39:08 PM PST by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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To: Olog-hai

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.


37 posted on 01/05/2017 10:00:54 PM PST by SecAmndmt (Arm yourselves!)
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To: JeepersFreepers

e nuclear option was blocked by these three plus 4 other RINOs

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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!


38 posted on 01/07/2017 11:46:29 AM PST by TomasUSMC (FIGHT LIKE WW2, WIN LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM.)
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