In April 2005, Sen. Barack Obama rose to oppose any change in Senate filibuster rules.
Republicans propose this rule “because they can get away with it not because they know it’s good for our democracy.” Ironic much? If there were ever a phrase that describes virtually every lawless action of the Obama administration that’s it.
Watch as other democrats in 2005 also lament “vaporizing” the “checks and balances” contained in the filibuster “changing the rules in the middle of the game,” “putting an end to democratic debate,” becoming a “rubber stamp” for the President, a “stunning moment,” a “fundamental power grab” that our Founders warned us against.
Yesterday, the democrats did the very thing that they so strongly opposed only 8 years ago, and blew up the filibuster. Of course, the hypocrisy is stunning. It’s important to understand what happened yesterday, and why.
First, the tremendous irony is that it is the democrats during George W. Bush’s presidency who came up with the idea of filibustering a president’s nominees. It has become a hackneyed liberal talking point, always accompanied with the predictable faux disgust and outrage, that Sen. Mitch McConnell actually said that he wanted Barack Obama to be a one-term president! What an outrageous, shocking statement especially since every democrat obviously wanted to repeal the XXII Amendment so that George W. Bush could serve at least three terms. What is in fact stunning and unprecedented is the pow wow that several liberal activists had right after Pres. Bush was sworn in. That’s where they cooked up the idea of filibustering judicial nominees. I wrote about it here.
Second, there is a reason that the democrats were desperate to pack the D.C. Circuit. That’s where challenges to regulations, and to Obamacare, will be heard. Knowing that fact, the democrats pushed the panic button.
Third, as noted in a very cogent way, by the Wall Street Journal in their piece, Senate Rules for Radicals:
The move shows how foolish Republicans like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Orrin Hatch were to worry that if they broke the filibuster, Democrats would then do it too. Democrats did it anyway. The only way to deter bloody-minded Democratic behavior is to treat Democrats as they treat Republicans. (emphasis mine) Democrats sicced special prosecutors on GOP Presidents for years, but they gave up the independent-counsel statute only after Ken Starr investigated Bill Clinton.
Absolutely. I know that they suffer from East Coast Brain Rot, but let’s hope that finally the GOP has learned its lesson. As I reminded them here, there was a reason that Ronald Reagan was so successful fighting the Left. He understood what he was up against.
So this disgraceful event is just the latest episode in the on-going drama that we find ourselves forced to live in, in which a radical leftist and his minions lawlessly “transform” our country.
One silver lining, noted in that WSJ piece: now we need only 51 votes to repeal Obamacare.