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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Reid Warns Republicans: ‘Stop The Filibuster Or We’re Going To Have To Change The Rule’ [Video]

Reid Warns Republicans: ‘Stop The Filibuster Or We’re Going To Have To Change The Rule’ [Video]

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) continues to make the case for ending the use of the filibuster on most executive branch nominees, warning Senate Republicans to “stop the filibuster or we’re going to have to change the rule” during a Monday morning speech to the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Reid, who began by noting that the Senate’s approval rating has dropped some 30 points in his 26- year tenure representing Nevada, insisted that the Republican Party’s unprecedented obstruction has left him no choice but to pursue filibuster reform. Reid plans to use a simple majority to change the Senate’s rules to allow executive branch nominees to be confirmed by a simple majority (although he reiterated on Monday that the change would not apply to judicial nominations).

“The status quo won’t work,” the majority leader said. “What [Republicans] have done is really unbelievable…They’ve carried this to the extreme.” To that end, Reid noted that Lyndon Johnson faced just one filibuster in his six years as majority leader, while Reid has faced roughly 420.

“You can’t reward bad behavior over and over and over again,” Reid added. “This is really a moment in history when circumstances dictate the need for change.”

Reid has scheduled Tuesday evening cloture votes on the nominations of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau head Richard Cordray, National Labor Relations Board members Richard Griffin, Sharon Block, and Mark Pearce, Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochberg, Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. If Republicans block any of these nominations, as expected, Reid is likely to move forward with the rule change.

Reid’s speech on Monday was just the latest in a week-long campaign to sell his reform plan to his fellow senators and to the American public. Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell heatedly debated the issue on the Senate floor last week, and both appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday to explain their positions on changing the Senate rules.

“I want everyone to hear this. The changes we are making are very, very minimal,” Reid said on Sunday, in a statement phrased to suggest that he has already made a final decision to alter the rules.

“What we are doing is saying, ‘Look, American people, shouldn’t President Obama have somebody working for him whom he wants?'” Reid added.

Senate Republicans, led by McConnell, have responded to Reid’s plan with outrage. On Meet the Press, McConnell accused Reid of “breaking the rules of the Senate in order to change the rules of the Senate,” and days before his office took the rather dramatic step of tweeting a picture of Reid’s tombstone, engraved with the epitaph “Killed the Senate.”

Ironically, McConnell and Reid have almost completely traded positions since 2005, when a Republican majority considered changing the filibuster rules to speed along then-president George W. Bush’s nominations. Back then, Senator Reid argued that “the filibuster is the last check we have against the abuse of power in Washington,” while Senator McConnell insisted that “if we can only change an abominable rule by majority vote, that is in the interests of the Senate and in the interests of the nation that the majority must work its will.”

Video of Senator Reid’s speech can be seen below:

Photo: Center for American Progress Action Fund via Flickr.com

  • Sand_Cat

    More toothless threats.
    Rumor has it that if/when the repugnants get control of both houses, they’ll eliminate it altogether.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Witness Harry The Hypocrite in action….. nuff said!!!

    Hat tip, Weekly Standard, Daniel Harper

    Harry Reid was against the filibuster rule change before coming out for it. In 2005, when Republicans threatened to change the rules to weaken Senate Democrats, Reid was a vocal opponent.

    “For people to suggest that you can break the rules to change the rules is un-American,” said Reid in 2005, in response to Republicans wanting to change the rules. “The only way you can change the rule in this body is through a rule that now says, to change a rule in the Senate rules to break a filibuster still requires 67 votes. You can’t do it with 60. You certainly cannot do it with 51. But now we are told the majority is going to do the so-called nuclear option. We will come in here, having the Vice President seated where my friend and colleague from Nevada is seated. The Parliamentarian would acknowledge it is illegal, it is wrong, you can’t do it, and they would overrule it. It would simply be: We are going to do it because we have more votes than you. You would be breaking the rules to change the rules. That is very un-American.”

    “The majority can’t get what they want so they break the rules to change the rules. We believe the traditions of the Senate should be maintained. We believe if you are going to change the rules in the Senate, change them legally, not illegally,” Reid added.

    “They are talking about doing something illegal. They are talking about breaking the rules to change the rules, and that is not appropriate. That is not fair, and it is not right.”

    Have a nice day!

    “I was for the Iraq war before I was against it.” – John Hypocrite Kerry

    • roguerunners

      Get a life!

      • ObozoMustGo

        rogue… I am impressed! You’ve managed to string 3 words in the English language together, AND use punctuation. You’re mommy must be proud of you after all these years of seemingly wasted money and time on private tutors who grew weary of wiping the drool from your chin.

        Have a nice day!

        “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H.L. Mencken with foresight to the future of Obozo’s election

    • Yes, and McConnell wanted to get rid of the filibuster when it was being using to block his own party. You can’t blame one of them for changing position without blaming the other. It always look different when the shoe’s on the other foot.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Actually, Ch…. almost EVERY SINGLE ONE of them are hypocrites, regardless of party. The fact is that the US Federal government has become waaaaayyyyyy too much a part of our daily lives. It’s too entrenced in every facet of everyone of our lives. The way it is supposed to be is that we shouldn’t give a damn what those idiots in DC do, provided they just leave us alone. They have succeeded at making themselves central to too many Americans.

        Have a nice day!

        “No man’s life, liberty, or property is in so much danger as when the legislature is in session.” – Mark Twain

        “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” — P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

        “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an
        endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” – H.L. Mencken

        • Lisztman

          At Obozo: Re: H.L. Mencken’s quote: Actually, that’s not the “whole aim of practical politics”. It is, rather, the aim of Fox “News”.

    • metrognome3830

      Now what prompted you to pick on John Kerry? Actually, OMG, vast (I use that word because it’s one of your favorites) numbers of people were for the Iraq war before they were against it. But some people were against it before and after the Iraq war. I was. What was your stance on it?

      • Jim Myers

        I was the Iraqi war also. And, I remember that I was criticized for not backing the President and the Military.

        I have always backed the Military, but not the President who sucked us into two wars, costing the American taxpayer Trillions of Dollars.

        I don’t always agree with President Obama, but when compared to W or Romney, he is clearly the better choice.

      • ObozoMustGo

        I, like many Americans, was for the war. I was never against it. Still not. However, just like anything else, it can done properly and it can be done wrongly, even with the best intentions. Like a car. It can be a good thing, or it can be used for good and then go wrong when used to harm someone. Me, I’m all for blowing our enemies to smithereens. I am not for nation building. You know OMG’s ideal foreign policy, Metro. Here it is once more:

        – All US Military is stationed at home and 2 or 3 select locations in each hemisphere. No more than that. Just for rapid response if ever needed.

        – We are friends with everyone and will trade with everyone who is friends with us. But, if you hit us or our interests, we will come at you like hell on earth and blow the living snot out of every single thing in your country without regard to civilian or military installation. Then we will leave and let you clean up the mess. Got it? Good! The first guy to test us will likely be the last.

        Have a nice day, Metro!

        “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN

        “Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about
        thoughts and ideas.” ― Margaret Thatcher

        • metrognome3830

          Yes, and like some Americans who were then and now for it, you will never give up searching for the reason. Those Weapons of Mass Destruction just have to be somewhere, don’t they? I like that term that people like to use to justify our wars. “Protecting our interests.” They were not to protect “our” interests, OMG. They were to protect the interests of Corporations operating in those countries. The operative word — the one that works every time — Communism! Or, interchangeably, Socialism! It works so well. It always inflames the public. Just make them think we are under imminent danger of attack. Nation Building was a primary reason. Our government vehemently denied that any US Corporations were operating in Vietnam. Well . . . except for the 125 that were. That’s the interests we were protecting. That’s what 58,000 military died for. In Iraq . . . I don’t know what the hell we were there for. If we were protecting our interests, why didn’t we attack Saudi Arabia over the WTC attack? Because they are our friends? Or because they supply us with lots of oil? What the hell are we doing in Afghanistan? We go into other countries and exploit them. We piss off the citizenry and when they want us to leave you want to blow them to smithereens? That’s like going to your neighbor’s house, getting drunk and obnoxious and when he tells you to leave you go and come back and blow up his house. The last justifiable war we were in was WWII. Please, OMG, don’t come at me with that tough guy Marine talk. I have the utmost respect for our military. Too much, in fact to see them sent off to fight and die in unnecessary wars. What the hell would Ronald Reagan know about the Marines? He spent the war making promotional films for the military. His Vice President, whom he did not particularly like, actually flew combat missions during WWII. His son, on the other hand, ducked into the National Guard and trained on a fighter that was being decommissioned so he would most likely never have to fly in actual combat. Then he got excused to go help daddy get elected president. If we follow your method, OMG, there would be no one left alive.
          Now settle down and have a nice day!

          • ObozoMustGo

            Metro… you are afflicted with the belief in a zero sum world and the phony cliche of “evil corporations”. The fact is that there are legitimate reasons to go to war. How the war is prosecuted is a different matter. Nation building has been the bane of our foreign policy based upon the belief that democracy is right for everyone, and we an impose our cutlure by force. It is not. In fact, democracy is not even right for us. This is why we have a republic. Those animals in the middle east are not capable of self governance, except for Israel. And, by my rule, we’d almost never go to war because no one would want to be blown into oblivion. Friends with all, enemies of no one, unless you hit us. It’s the way it should be.

            Have a nice day, Metro!

            “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what
            they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” – H.L. Mencken

          • metrognome3830

            No, I didn’t say “evil corporations.” I say corporations that are totally deaf to the message of the people, be they in foreign countries or here at home. They are completely absorbed in their own progress and do whatever is necessary to maintain and advance their profitability. That’s to be expected. But, in a refutation to the SCOTUS, that corporations are persons, the fact is that otherwise good people, who would not undertake harmful actions as an individual, will take such actions as a member of a corporation. Yes, there are reasons to go to war. I stated that the last war fought for a legitimate reason was WWII. The attack on the WTC was a terrorist attack by a group of malcontent nutcases who should have been tracked down and prosecuted as such. It was not a reason for an all-out war. Especially when we attacked the wrong country. We should cut off all ties to the crazies in the Middle East. All aid, all military assistance, everything. Our military should be home guarding our own borders. When Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, or any other stan announces their intention to take over the world by force as Germany and Japan did, and if they threaten to attack the U.S. in force, and make any move to actually do so, then it is time to blow them to smithereens. And I’m sure we have the military might to do it.
            Have a great day, OMG!

          • ObozoMustGo

            Hey Metro… we are in agreement on the ME and getting our troops home. They should be defending our borders against the ongoing foreign invasion from the south. Of course, they will be shot at by guns provided to them by Obozo and Holder, but that’s another topic for another day.

            By the way, Metro… answer me this question: Are Unions people?

            Have a nice day!

            “Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such thing as
            Wisdom; and no such thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech; which is the Right of every Man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or control the Right of another. And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only bounds it ought to know. This sacred Privilege is also essential to free Governments, that the Security of Property, and the Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness [sic!] of Speech; a Thing terrible to Public Traitors.” — Ben Franklin

        • Independent1

          Nice touch Obozo – quoting America’s worst president ever that along with being responsible for the vast deterioration in America’s society over the past 30 years (where the wealthy now feel they’re entitled to royal treatment) – he was also responsible for the deaths of 241 marines as they slept in their barracks in Lebanon (he put them in harms way).

  • RobertCHastings

    Mr. Reid, if you back down on this one like you did on the Universal Background Check bill, you will have lost ALL credibility.

  • Dominick Vila

    Harry should refrain from making threats he cannot bring to a satisfactory conclusion. We don’t have the number of votes to eliminate the threat of a filibuster, and if the GOP gets control of the Senate in 2014, which is likely considering the number of Democrats from red states/districts running for re-election, the ones that may change the Senate rules may be the new majority, not Reid.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Agreed Dommy… AGAIN!!! What’s going on? Are cats and dogs getting along now? Is there snow in hell right now? Hmmmmm…. You understand what many do not understand. That is, that rules and legislation survive the current crop of idiots that makes up the Congress. And when the political winds shift, as they ALWAYS do, and always will, it will be your ox that is getting gored. The fact is that the DemonRATS used the filibuster extensively against Bush appointees in ALL areas of the government, including the judiciary. Unfortunately, they did not use it against Roberts. But, Harry will do this not because it’s right, but it’s expedient. And when the time comes, he’ll be long gone and his predecessors will have to deal with the aftermath.

      Have a nice day, Dommy!

      “The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it.” – H.L. Mencken

      • 788eddie

        Hey, Bozo, I like your H.L. Mencken quote.

        I like reading your comments more when you show more respect for the people you’re referring to. “DemonRats,” “ObozoMustGo,” Repuglicans, TeaBaggers,” etc. I feel lowers the speaker’s message value.

        BTW: Here’s another Mencken quote: “A church is a place in which gentlemen who have never been to heaven brag about it to persons who will never get there.”

        • CrankyToo

          I love that, eddie!

        • ObozoMustGo

          eddie… hehehehehehehehehe… here’s another Mencken quote.

          Have a nice day!

          “Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.” – H.L. Mencken

      • CrankyToo

        Damn, Bozo! Here you are gettin’ all happy and shiny with Dominick

        AND

        I just noticed that you gave me a Thumbs Up on my earlier post.

        You feeling OK, Bro?

        Not for nothin’, but just to be on the safe side, you’d better pull your head out of your ass and shove a thermometer up there.

        • sigrid28

          Cranky, he’s happy about Trayvon Martin being found guilty. Nothing can destroy his happy mood at the death of an innocent black teenager. Whatever makes mean people feel happy, that’s what he’s responding to. I’m not even sure “happy” is the correct term for it. Think of it as the essence of Cruella de Ville smiling.

          • CrankyToo

            Well if that’s the case, Sigrid, Bozo’s got a couple of disappointments waiting a little further downstream. The first will come when the DOJ throws George Zimmerman underneath the jail at Fort Leavenworth, and the second will be the day a civil court jury takes everything of value from George Zimmerman’s family. All will be punished.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Uhhhh… cranky… FYI… DOJ is going to have difficult time trying to get another trial on GZ. Especially considering the fact that the DOJ’s own investigative arm, the FBI, did an investigation into this very topic last year and concluded there was no racism involved. In other words, to simplify for an idiot like you, the DOJ has already concluded there is no racism or civil rights issues involved. Sorry!

            And the only racist in this whole event was Trayvon, not GZ. It was TM that told his fat girlfriend about the “creepy as cracka” following him. And it was TM’s racist approach to GZ that motivated him to attack GZ and start beating his head into the concrete. Too bad for him, eh!

            Have a nice day!

            “The only defense against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.” ― John Locke

          • CrankyToo

            Doubtless the good people who habituate this site will be fascinated to hear your prescient take on this, since what you have to say is so well-conceived and reliable.

        • ObozoMustGo

          Cranky, I agreed with your assessment that Dingy Harry is the worst Senat Majority Leader of all time. That’s all.

          Have a nice day!

          “A socialist is someone who’s read Karl Marx. A capitalist is someone who’s read Karl Marx AND understands it.” — Ronald
          Wilson Reagan

          • CrankyToo

            Much has changed since the day when Ronnie Ray-guns could stay awake long enough to have a cogent thought. Capitalists don’t have time to read Karl Marx anymore; they’re too busy raping and pillaging our country, our resources and our people.
            Thanks to Ronnie and people like him, capitalism has become immoral. And thanks to dumbasses like yourself, the tools who enable the immoral capitalists are able to park their fat asses in the seats of government and subvert the democratic processes which were designed to defend us against them.
            I’ve told you more than once, you can’t govern a country with snappy quotes, platitudes and maxims. Pull your head out, Squire.

          • ObozoMustGo

            You obviously have a difficult time understanding freedom, individual liberty, and private property. It’s also quite evident that you have a seemingly limitless belief in the integrity of politicians and bureaucrats that will run your socialist Utopia, never really perceiving the fact that what you desire is tyranny and those same people in government are just as corruptable and falable as any private citizen or businessman. The difference being that corrupt politicians screw EVERYONE while corrupt private businessmen screw only a few.

            Freedom, private property, and capitalism are inseperable. What you, and other morons like you, do not understand is that the nature of mankind is toward freedom… toward rational self interest. Socialism is a disease of the mind that leads lesser capable people to believe that people can be controlled for their own good and that resources can be equitably distributed by force, either by democratic, monarchy, or dictatorship arrangement. But alas, history has proven such a fantasy to be false. From Plato’s ‘Republic’ to Thomas More’s ‘Utopia’ to Thomas Hobbes’ ‘Leviathan’ to Karl Marx’s ‘Communist Manifesto’, your ideas and are nothing new. They are the same old tired concepts just being recycled by morons that refuse to learn from history. And it is that refusal to learn from history that is the main component of leftist, socialist thinking. For to learn from history would necessitate a divergence from your adherence to such nonsense as belief in a socialist Utopia.

            Have a nice day! And… take your head out of your arse!

            “Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
            the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy,
            its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..”
            — Winston Churchill

          • CrankyToo

            I’m sure your little diatribe sounds perfectly intelligent and perfectly reasonable to low-intellect people who live in a world way beyond reason; in other words, people like yourself – low-life libertarians and Tea Party Repugnicans. They think that all’s fair in the names of Republican liberty and free-market capitalism.

            If greedy Wall Street speculators artificially inflate the price of a gallon of gasoline from $2.40 to $4.00? Hey, that’s the price of “freedom”. Tough shit for that guy who has to work a whole day every week just to put enough gas in his car to get to work.

            And if a deranged gunman mass-murders a whole classroom full of 6-year-olds? Hey, that’s the price of “liberty”. Tough shit for their parents; that’s what they get for sending their kids to school.

            And if the captains of our industries foul our nest to the point that it’ll no longer support human life? Well, let’s not contemplate that; we’ll cross that (burned-down) bridge when we get to it.

            I’ve told you before, but I’ll tell you again for the edification of other readers who may not know what I’m all about. I’m a life-long Republican; a white male over 60 with a house full of guns and bibles; a retired veteran who served honorably from the last three years of the Vietnam conflict all the way up through Gulf War One; with a nice little homestead nestled between Cape Canaveral and Disneyworld; and plenty of money in the bank. Your typical Republican demographer would probably tell you that I’m the greatest thing since night baseball came to Wrigley Field. But unlike you and the rest of the firmly entrenched ideologues, I’m not stupid enough to pull the lever for any (R) on my ballot.

            And contrary to what you way, I have zero “belief in the integrity of politicians and bureaucrats that will run (my) socialist Utopia”. In fact, I have zero belief in any Utopia. The only Utopia that ever existed was despoiled by that greedy Republican bitch, Eve.

            I do, however, have faith in some forms of socialism. Having spent many years living and working in Europe and Asia, I’ve seen successful socialist societies at work. And guess what? In the main, their cities are clean, their workers are happy, their technologies are evolved, and their trains and airlines runs on time. I wonder if you’ve ever been outside the environs of Hootin’ Holler, you “expert” on socialism.

            You plagiarize the words of other lunatics and thumb your nose at the multitudes of erudite, thinking people who disagree with you, completely oblivious of the fact that you’re a few degrees off plumb. In other words, you’re a complete fucking moron, Bozo. But hey, this is America, you’re free to be one.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Cranky… you’re a delusional fool. On the one hand you criticize the very nature of freedom and liberty that gave you your living, while admitting to the faults, but giving a pass, to the politicians and bureaucrats that are responsible for the very environment you decry. So, either you are actually too stupid to see the obvious contradictions in your statements, or you are a liar. I am inclined to believe the latter. The only reason you may have registered as a Republican was because you couldnt tell the difference between an R & D at the time. And I don’t mean the letters.

            Your romanticizing of the socialist democracies is nothing more than fantasy in combination with self-loathing of America. The picture you paint of everyone being happy and content with life because some politician/magician has figured out how to steal from one who earns to give to another who does not is nothing short of astonishingly ignorant. It never works except in the very short run. Then the real magic is perpetuating the lie that all is well. It’s the same fantasy that you leftist freaks attempt to impose upon everyone else. And any moron that thinks such a fantasy can be created, and supports such policies toward that end, is absolutely a Utopian dreamer. So here again, either you’re astonishingly stupid, or your a liar. I tend to think the latter of you, yet again. Out of one side of your mouth you support socialist ideas of Utopia, even describing it as you have seen it, and out of the other you say you don’t believe in Utopian ideas.

            Perhaps you actually are that stupid, Cranky. American capitalism and prosperity has been so wonderful that even a guy like you, the most intellectually challenged amongst us, have had it easy. Even a moron like you is able to ride the coattails of abundant entrepreneurial creativity that drives advancement and enconomic growth. In fact, it’s so easy that you can do so and not even be aware of it, AND even criticize it.

            Maybe the lack of intellect is the reason that an idiot like you can think there’s some conspiracy of Wall St. guys artificially jacking the price of gasoline so they can gouge the little guy. What you morons fail to realize is that there are just as many Wall St. guys that gain when prices fall as there are that gain when prices go up. It’s a global commodity market, you idiot, and speculation IS NOT a one way street. What you fools fail to understand, also, is that major consumers of fuel, like trucking companies, airlines, parcel and post companies, are the ones that are speculating on fuel. Why do they do it, a moron like yourself may ask. The reason they do so is because they seek to level out the price of their fuel which is a cost of production to them. This in turn gives them predictable costs and translates into stable pricing in the marketplace, regardless of the sometimes wild price fluctuations on a daily basis. So while all of you tin foil hat conspiracy idiots out there think there’s some “evil Wall Street guy” toying with your life and livelihood, reality is tremendously different. But when did you ever let facts get in the way of a good leftist freak cliche? The answer is never! You idiots on the left live in a world of cliches. Certainly not in a world of reality. If you did actually live in the world of reality, you could not possibly think and write as you do.

            Regarding a derranged gunman… only an idiot like you and the other leftist freaks could conclude that limiting and restricting the rights of law abiding citizens would somehow solve the problem of the rarified idiot that does stuff like that. Here again, truth takes a back seat to the emotional and irrational thinking of the leftist freak. In the real world, the best defense against that one in a million psyco is an armed guard/teacher/admistrator. In fact, it’s true that nutjobs intent on murdering lots of people do so where they are most likely to go unchallenged. So, signs that say “gun free zone” are telling criminals who don’t obey laws that they can expect easy pickens without the danger of being disrupted (that means shot at to you idiots out there) by someone else. This is just common sense.

            What exactly is meant by the cliche “captains of industry fouling our nest?” Is this some moron fantasy like a Dr. Suess story that depicts business guys as all evil and intent on destroying and enslaving everyone else as they consume a finite amount of a fixed pie of resources? It must be, because it has no basis in reality and is ignorant of the fact that businesses and the people that work in them and make them up are equally members of communities with children and homes and cars and are little league coaches and enjoy and experience all the other things that you leftist freaks seem to think only you enjoy. Well, you dummy, nothing is further from the truth. Nothing! Business people have just as much interest as you do in clean air and water and blah blah blah. You’re no better than they are. In fact, you’re actually worse than they are because you want politicians to do your dirty work of stealing from other members of society.

            You can go back to stuffing your head up your a$$. I am certain that it’s been there so long that you think your sheet smells like roses. Wouldn’t surprise me at all since, by definition, you leftist morons live in a fantasy world.

            Have a nice day, dope, and wipe that drool from your chin!

            “Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.” – Winston Churchill

          • angelsinca

            “…you’re a complete fucking moron”

            Anyone who thinks Wrigley is anything but a shit hole with your knees stuck in your chest is indeed a fucking moron. Or just a short shit with a Nepoleon complex.

          • Fern Woodfork

            LOL Cranky Too You Rock!!!!!! 🙂

          • CrankyToo

            Thank, Darlin’. I’m fond of you, too. See you at the polls.

          • Fern Woodfork

            You Can Bet On That!!! :-)!!

          • Fern Woodfork

            You Got That Right My Friend!!! 🙂 Truth!!!

  • jmprint

    Actions speak louder then words, we are waiting for the action.

  • docb

    Stop talking and do it, Mr.Reid. Repubs have yet to keep their promises.

    • Fern Woodfork

      I Totally Agree With You My Friend!! The GOP/Tea Party Really Don’t Give A Damn About This Country Nor The People That Lives Here!! Their Only Agenda Is Control, Power And How Much Money Can They Gut Out And Hoard From This Country And The People That Lives Here!!! 🙁 Reid Needs To Stop The Talk And Walk The Walk!! Just Do It!!!!

      • docb

        Right back at you, Fern….Reality for the right is a blowfish and just as poisonous!

        • Fern Woodfork

          I Know Right!!! And That’s Sad!!!

  • CrankyToo

    An open message to Harry Reid:

    Dear Harry,

    Dogs that bark incessantly are more nuisance than threat. Do us all a favor and either pull your head out of your ass and fix the filibuster problem or STFU! And given that you’re likely to go down in history as the worst Senate Majority Leader of all time, I recommend you do the former.

    Your Friend,
    Cranky

  • AlfredSonny

    Congress is composed of two parties: Republicans and Americans. Congress needs to move ahead to keep America true to 99%. If this filibuster game needs to be revised today, so be it. Once the voters see the movement, they will vote blue in 2014 and 2016 which should help Republicans become Americans in the future.

  • Budjob

    I have a better idea.ELIMINATE THE GODDAMN SENATE.Everyone of them are overpaid money grubbing assholes!!!!

    • Allan Richardson

      If you really mean it, start a movement to get the Constitution amended for the 28th time to do it. Just remember, it has to get past the House AND the Senate with a 2/3 vote. How many Senators would vote to eliminate their branch of Congress? How many Congressmen would vote to eliminate the NEXT step (they hope) of their careers? And then it takes 3/4 of the state legislatures, 40 of which are bicameral like Congress (Kansas is the exception). How many state legislators would vote to eliminate the next step of THEIR careers? How many would start the discussion of eliminating their own STATE senates?

      The framers wanted two houses in order to give the populations of the large states (in those days, incredibly as it seems to us, Virginia was the largest) some of the power, and the populations of the small states some of the power. They planned that Senate minorities would put up a fight, debate for their side, THEN when they realized the people were serious, let the vote be taken. They did NOT expect the minority in a given issue to become STONEWALL obstructionists with a total VETO power over the most reasonable and necessary legislation (in the Declaration of Independence, this very obstructive behavior by King George III was one of the charges against him).

      But they have gone beyond the ACTIVE filibuster of actually prolonging the debate on a bill; they have gone beyond the “customary” silent filibuster, which was intended as a short term, reasonable delay, not an absolute veto, in the passage of a bill; they have even gone beyond the delaying of NEW legislation, to the point of VETOING the necessary staffing of agencies that have ALREADY been enacted, thus NULLIFYING the enforcement of those laws, which the people got an earlier Congress to enact.

      There needs to be a change to the following aspects of the filibuster rule.
      (1) filibuster on legislation should require actual SPEAKING, like the old days when segregationists (who have switched parties in the meantime) actually had to make an EFFORT to slow down debate; and it should NOT be used to veto even the START of debate. It should also have a fixed MAXIMUM length of time.
      (2) filibustering of judicial nominees should have a time limit, especially on the THIRD attempt to fill the same vacancy; blocking three different people means you do not want ANYONE to have the job, which is thus not only the obstruction of legislation, but the obstruction of justice itself.
      (3) filibustering of executive nominees should also have a time limit, again on the third attempt, or when THREE VACANCIES need to be filled. In the case of the NLRB, the Republican caucus EITHER hates labor and does not want to give them their legal and moral right, OR hates this President so much that they would literally let the country fall apart rather than let him take credit for something positive.

      Once a law is in effect, there should be no way to repeal it without VOTING to pass a repealing law. Merely refusing to allow the filling of the jobs needed to allow the law to be enforced is the COWARD’S way to do so.

      • sigrid28

        For these cowards, I would like to see us institute term limits.

  • mikem42

    Republicans are basically aiming for anarchy in the country. They want nothing except power for the richest, most powerful in the land, because that is where they get their own wealth from. Gerrymandering, why isn’t that taken to the Supreme Court, and struck down for the undemocratic system it is. Oh yeah, denied 5-4. We are doomed unless the masses wake up and realize the path we are being led down. It is destruction for the poor and middle class, and only the rich and the political class will survive. Yes, nuke the bastards in the Senate!

  • Catskinner

    He’s got over a year before the Republicans take over, so they’d better listen to him, huh…

    • Independent1

      We’ll see! Don’t count your chickens before they hatch – the day is going to come when the sheeple finally realize how badly they’re being had and the sh— will hit the fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Catskinner

        And when the sheeple finally realize how badly they’ve been had, it will be the end of Democrat rule in the Senate.

        • DurdyDawg

          Is THAT your dream-scape, puddin’..? The total annihilation of Democratic rule and subsequently all those who chose NOT to follow your drum roll? Man, your really trying to reach a new high with that scheme.. to be a one party entity where the only opposition is your clonic Tpeers. Roll out the red carpet and pass the manure ’cause my hand’s too busy slappin’ a knee.. Don’t you know by now? They NEED each other in order to continue the charade. Both sides are a joke and we the people are their punch line.

          • Catskinner

            Yes, I agree, neither side has done much to recommend themselves.

        • Independent1

          Given that the Democrats have only had enough control of congress for 7 1/2 months over the past 18 years to get a few pieces of legislation passed, how is it that the Democrats have ‘HAD” anyone??? Catskinner, I was starting to think you had at least some common sense, but you’re just as clueless as the rest of the GOP loving SHEEPLE!!!!!!!! And it’s been the GOP that has used the filibuster rule more than 415 times over the past 3 plus years to block any progress whatsover of this country. That’s what the SHEEPLE need to wake up to!!!!! THE GOP’S TOTAL OBSTRUCTIONISM!!!!!!!! (THEY’RE NOT POLITICIANS – THEY’RE THE AMERICAN MAFIA!!!!)

          • Fern Woodfork

            You Tell Them Independent1!!!! Truth!!! 🙂

  • marelbert

    Absolutely!

  • 788eddie

    For gosh sake, change the rule!

    Do you think for one moment that when the shoe is on the other foot, the GOP leadership would hesitate for one second to change it, regardless of whether the Dems changed it or not?

    Show some gumption; change the rule!

  • 788eddie

    Give President Obama the team he needs and wants!

  • Lisztman

    The filibuster, and the threat of filibuster, has been a Senate tool for a long, long time. The problem that Senator Reid has now, regardless of what he said in 2005, is that the GOP has turned it into routine. As noted, it used to be something occasional. Senator Lyndon Johnson faced one across a six-year span.

    Republicans have turned the filibuster into Standard Operating Procedure. They control the House, and can do whatever they please over there — be it passing, again, another Ryan budget that has no hope of going anywhere, or passing, yet again, and again, another bill to kill or repeal the ACA. In the Senate, they don’t have the control to pass what they want. But they can shut down the Senate by use of the filibuster. And they now do this on virtually every issue that comes by.

    I hear, over and over, on this and other sites, how President Obama hasn’t accomplished a whole lot in his 4.5 years (even though, remarkably, he has). Imagine what Washington (and the President) actually could accomplish were the Legislative Branch (read: GOP) to put on big-boy pants and work across the aisle to move the Nation forward.

    So, yes. If the GOP is abusing the system, fix the system and make the GOP totally irrelevant. We don’t have to wait for them to do that to themselves.