GOP needs to keep ‘nuclear option’

When the Communist Sandinistas were turned out of power by the Nicaraguan voters on February 25, 1990, their leader, the terrorist and mass murderer Daniel Ortega, vowed that the Sandinistas would accept the defeat in public but would continue to “rule from below” regardless of what the new government desired. This is exactly what we see developing in the United States Senate where the outgoing leader is an angry, petty, bitter little man dedicated to obstructionism and a number of Republican senators wish to go along with him rather than see him all hurty-pants.

The issue is whether the incoming Senate majority should reinstate the ability of the minority to filibuster. As incredible as it may seem, there are actually GOP senators and others who are advocating giving the Democrats the ability to block GOP legislation after Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid11%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard11% stripped them of that ability. As best as I can tell, because logically the arguments are just stupid, the justification for this unilateral disarmament is that the bell can be unrung, the genie stuffed back into the bottle, and everyone can just let bygones be bygones. These people actually have deluded themselves into believing that Senate Democrats wouldn’t cite Reid’s move as precedent and reinstate it when they, inevitably, return to power.

Before you can make any deal you have to be dealing with lucid and honorable people. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Dianne Feinstein2%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard2%‘s release of her “torture” report shows that when dealing with even the most responsible Democrats you are still dealing with people devoid of a sense of duty or integrity. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry Reid11%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard11%, unfortunately, makes Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Dianne Feinstein2%Senate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard2% look statesmanlike by comparison. Via the New York Times and Reid, in Diminished Role, Vows Fight With G.O.P.

After losing nine seats in the election, handing control of the Senate to the other party and facing a minor revolt from inside your own …read more    

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