Senate Democrats are firmly against any attempt to circumvent the 60-vote majority that Senate rules require to prevent a filibuster of major legislation. On principle!
Forget that the recent election of Republican Scott Brown deprives Democrats of their filibuster-proof majority. Democrats won’t even consider trying to shunt that rule aside so they can foist Obamacare on us. No, no, no.
Of course, strangely, newspaper reports say they looking at doing just that. But I can prove otherwise. With evidence from five years ago. Here’s what Senator Obama had to say in 2005: “. . . prompting a change in the Senate rules that really, I think, would change the character of the Senate forever . . . Majoritarian absolute power. . . . and that’s just not what the Founders intended.”
Senator Schumer: “We are on the precipice of a crisis, a constitutional crisis. The checks and balances which have been at the core of this republic are about to be evaporated by the ‘nuclear option.’ The checks and balances which say that if you get 51 percent of the vote, you don’t get your way 100 percent of the time.”
Senator Reid: “Mr. President, the right to extend debate is never more important than when one party controls Congress and the White House. In these cases, the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government.”
Wow. Sounds like they really mean it. And they do, right?
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.