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… Does Dingy Harry have a Death Wish ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,May 23rd,2013

.. Harry Reid has a notoriously unpleasant and pugnacious personality . Well , part of it comes , no doubt , from the fact that he was an amateur boxer . He seems to be still playing the part , especially in politics .

.. All or nothing . The problem is , if you want to get anything done in the United States Senate , it requires a great deal of give and take . With Reid , when you deal with him , it is all give to him , no give to you . The Senate does not work that way .

.. The way that things are going , things are headed for a showdown . More accurately , a gigantic slowdown . Things move slowly

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

enough , as it is . It is due primarily to Reid ‘ s power plays and manipulation of the system and the rules .

.. Now , he thinks that he can change the rules , with only a majority vote . Un – Uh ! The Standing Rules of the Senate specify that it take a 2/3rds majority of ALL senators present (i.e. , 67 of 100) to enact a change in the rules . Not a 3/5ths majority . Most of all , not a simple majority of 50+1 (w. Vice-President Biden , if needed , in the chair) .

.. What he is aiming at is the filibuster rule . The G.O.P. and a fair number of Democrats have mounted constant filibusters , in counter to Reid ‘ s manipulation of the legislative rules . It also stretches to nominations , especially judicial ones , when there is no , repeat NO consultation at all with the minority . Really dumb idea .

.. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed back a vote to confirm Richard Cordray until July. President Obama recess appointed Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and needs to be permanently confirmed by the Senate. Senate GOP have blocked confirmation until serious reform of the over-arching new agency is undertaken. The delay in the vote suggests Reid is setting up a summer fight on eliminating the filibuster for Presidential nominations.

.. A Senate Democrat aide told The Huffington Post that the “plan is to wait until immigration is complete before engaging in total all-out nom[ination] fight.” A July fight over nominations would come, presumably, after immigration but before the budget battles expected this fall.

.. On Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell angrily denounced the potential move. “These continued threats to use the nuclear option point to the Majority’s own culture of intimidation here in the Senate,” McConnell said.

.. “Their view is that you had better confirm the people we want, when we want them, or we’ll break the rules of the Senate to change the rules so you can’t stop us. So much for respecting the rights of the minority. So much for a meaningful application of Advice and Consent.”

.. Reid has threatened the so-called “nuclear option” to eliminate the filibuster several times in the past. The issue has returned after a DC Circuit Court found Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional, as Congress was not in recess. The Court threw out all rulings made while these appointees served on the Board.

.. Cordray was appointed at the same time, casting doubt on whether actions taken by his agency under his direction would be legal.

.. Be careful what you wish for , Dingy Harry . Your move would also establish a precedent , however . Future Republican Presidents would also be able to win approval of their nominees with a simple majority vote . The DemoCraps may want to be careful what they wish for.

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