Watch – Most Media portrayed Egypt’s President Morsi as overreaching his power last week and demanded he enact a constitution that protects the legislative rights of the minority….. Meanwhile this week the same media will exhault Harry Reid for his magnanimous strategy to subvert constitutional limitations as “progress”…. Just watch.
The day after the election we outlined the expectations from the next Congress, specifically what Harry Reid WOULD do. The elimination of vote approval threshold (formerly 3/5ths or 60 votes) to a simple majority in the Senate (half plus one or 51 votes) is one aspect. The other aspect is the elimination of minority standing completely with removal of filibuster process.
Well here we go… and it is a shock, by golly – a shock, to Republicans.
The media will cover and protect Reid/Pelosi/Obama because they support this unconstitutional manuever. The legacy media has spent untold hours and pages labeling the conservatives as Extremists, and Obstructionists in preparation for the progressive excuse “they had to do it, they had to change the rules” to protect the country and move FORWARD.
(Politico) A partisan war is brewing that could bring the government to a screeching halt as early as January — and no, it’s not over the fiscal cliff.
It’s all about the filibuster.
Democrats are threatening to change filibuster rules, in what will surely prompt a furious GOP revolt that could make those rare moments of bipartisan consensus even harder to come by during the next Congress.
Here’s what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering: banning filibusters used to prevent debate from even starting and House-Senate conference committees from ever meeting. He also may make filibusters become actual filibusters — to force senators to carry out the nonstop, talkathon sessions.
Republicans are threatening even greater retaliation if Reid uses a move rarely used by Senate majorities: changing the chamber’s precedent by 51 votes, rather than the usual 67 votes it takes to overhaul the rules.
“I think the backlash will be severe,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), the conservative firebrand, said sternly. “If you take away minority rights, which is what you’re doing because you’re an ineffective leader, you’ll destroy the place. And if you destroy the place, we’ll do what we have to do to fight back.”
“It will shut down the Senate,” the incoming Senate GOP whip, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, told POLITICO. “It’s such an abuse of power.” (more)