A bitterly divided Senate voted Thursday to eliminate filibusters for most presidential nominees, a momentous and politically risky step that limits the ability of Republicans to block President Barack Obama's choices for executive-branch and most judicial posts.It was 2001, and it was called "The Patriot Act." Conservatives and Republicans thought this was the greatest idea in the history of bad ideas. Give the government oodles more power! Let them spy on more people! There is no way that this could EVER backfire on us if the other party were in office.
The change gives Mr. Obama more flexibility to shape the federal judiciary and to staff his administration for the remaining years of his presidency. But it could hand more power to Republicans if the GOP should win the White House and control of the Senate.
MARK THIS NOW.
When (if?) the GOP ever takes control of the Senate and a Republican wins the Presidency, there is going to be HELL TO PAY when the first nominee comes up for a vote and gets confirmed 51-49. Remember, many of the Democrats voting to change the rules to suit them - after more than 200 years of having been the old way - were in office when George W. Bush was trying to nominate John Bolton. And the Democrats filibustered him.
They're changing the rules to suit themselves now. In three years, they may very well wind up regretting this. Heck, the way things are going, as unpopular as ObamaCare - and Obama - is getting, this may be an issue next year as Democrats who rammed ObamaCare down our throats get voted out of office. Wouldn't it suck to change the rules only to so thoroughly enrage the electorate that they put in a majority of the opposite party?
Then again, never underestimate the power of the Stupid Party to be, well, Stupid.
That is all.