The Democrats lost big time in November. But that’s not going to stop them from trying to continue ramming through their radical agenda. Human Events reported that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been scheming to drastically change the rules of the Senate to prevent the Republicans from blocking legislation.
In a closed-door meeting last week, Reid told the Democrats that he may outright break the rules on the first day of the 112th Congress in order to pass his audacious changes without bipartisan support.
“If Reid endorses the rules change, it would be the first time in history that a Majority Leader has opted to cut off debate on a Senate rules change by a majority vote,” said Marty Gold, a long-time Senate leadership aide and now an attorney at Covington and Burling.
Currently, the Senate needs 67 votes to end debate on a rule, then 51 votes for the rule itself. Since Reid’s rules do not have Republican support, he will need to do a historic end-run around the 67-vote bar (two-thirds of the Senate) to pass them.
Reid’s plan is backed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y), the ambitious operator who is Chairman of the Rules Committee. Schumer held six hearings in 2010 alone on the filibuster and Senate rules changes.
Backed by Schumer and Reid, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) drafted three major rules changes, which he will bring up for a vote on January 5.
Of course Senator Schumer is in on the action. Slippery snake that he is.
They also plan to change the filibuster rule. I warned you about this not long ago.
They say they need to do it because the Republican leadership is threatening their legislative output.
And let’s not forget that some prominent progressives are calling on President Obama to bypass Congress altogether and rule by fiat. They say he needs to do it because the Republicans are getting in the way of Obama ending unemployment and promoting peace.
We all know that when Hitler was given absolute power it was a bad idea. We’re pretty darn sure that giving Hugo Chavez absolute power isn’t going to end well. So why in the hell would anyone believe giving Senate Democrats and President Obama absolute power is any better?
On the positive side, if they are able to scrap the filibuster, and House Republicans pass legislation repealing Obamacare, will there be enough Democrats in the Senate who are nervous about reelection in 2012 to go along with the GOP? Now that would certainly be ironic.