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November 21, 2013

Harry Reid in 2005: "Filibuster Reform 'Illegal' and 'Un-American'

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Dingy Harry Reid back in 2005:

"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."
So, in the words of Harry Reid himself, what he did today is "illegal" and "un-American."

That's two centuries of Senate rules now thrown out the window in a blatant power grab. There is an upside though; when Dingy Harry's Minority Leader come 2015, the GOP will only need 51 votes to repeal ObamaCare.

Posted by Hyscience at November 21, 2013 2:37 PM

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