Monday, April 08, 2013

Harry Reid threatens GOP with filibuster reform -- again

And this time he really means it:
“All within the sound of my voice — including my Democratic senators and the Republican senators who I serve with — should understand that we as a body have the power on any given day to change the rules with a simple majority,” Reid told Nevada Public Radio in a little-noticed interview Friday. “And I will do that if necessary.” [...]

“I’m a very patient man,” he said. “We made changes but the time will tell whether they’re big enough. I’m going to wait and build a case. If the Republicans in the Senate don’t start approving some judges, and don’t start helping get some of these nominations done, then we’re going to have to take more action.”
No Harry. The time for patience is over. Five years is long enough. And no, approving Mary Jo White to head the SEC by unanimous assent is not enough to show good faith. GOPers figure they're letting the fox in to guard the henhouse with that one. If they do the same with the nomination of Sri Srinivasan to the DC District court, and soon, then we can talk about patience. If the gun control bill comes to the floor without a filibuster, then you can give them more time. Otherwise, no deal.

Harry reminds me of the harried parent with unruly, whining kids at the supermarket. The parent threatens them with no candy because they're misbehaving through the whole shopping trip, but then they calm down in the last aisle for three minutes, the parent gives in and buys the candy bar at the checkout anyway to stop their crying. Next time you see them in the store, the whole sorry spectacle happens all over again.

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