Posted: 11/21/13 12:36
by Dave Mindeman
Majority Leader Harry Reid has finally had enough. He is looking to invoke the "nuclear" option and end filibusters on Presidential appointees and federal court nominations.
What took you so long, Harry?
This new rule change does not apply to legislation and also exempts Supreme Court nominees. This is reasonable. Any President - Republican or Democrat - needs to be able to pick the people he wants to work for him or her....and the courts need to have positions filled to simply do their job.
The Federal courts are full of Bush nominees and the Republicans have been trying to stonewall any replacements in hopes of getting back a Republican president or at least a GOP majority in the Senate.
Any of that could happen but the Democrats have handcuffed themselves in regards to filibuster changes because of those possibilities.
Given the pseudo " good word" of Mitch McConnell, who has agreed countless times to "compromises" to avoid any filibuster change - only to reneg on the agreement immediately - this has become necessary for Democrats, even if only in the short term.
We have court positions that need filling. It has not only become a need to fix the balance of philosophy, but so many positions are vacant that the court cannot do its job.
We have seen how a one-sided ideological court can make a game change on how we govern. It is time for Democrats to balance the scales.
I just hope Reid will stand by his declaration this time.