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Response to jeff47 (Reply #64)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 01:56 PM

82. So what we're saying is that it was bad then, but it is good now

Frist was abusing his power and looking to use the extreme nuclear option to brush aside the minority party, which was clearly upsetting. In the case of judicial nominees it would have allowed the repubs to push through any nominee, no matter how extreme, and remove any ability for the Democrats to stop them. This was a bad thing.

Now Reid wants to pretty much do the same thing so the obstructionist minority party cannot stop the progress of legislation or nominees which it deems to be extreme, and what we have here on DU are people upset that he's not going far enough.

My view is more that if a majority leader abuses his/her power in an attempt to eliminate the voice of the minority, that's a bad thing regardless of whether there is a D or an R next to his/her name.

Regarding my point about the number of cloture votes, it is quite easy to verify that there have been more of them under Reid than under every former Senate majority leader.


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