In 2005 Bush and Republicans wanted to use a simple 51 majority to avoid filibusters dubbed the “Nuclear Option” by Democrats.
Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Democrats fought back.
But that was 2005.
Today Harry Reid and Senate Democrats just passed the “nuclear option” overturning a senate rule established in 1806.
The Washington Post reported:
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The Democratically controlled Senate on Thursday struck down the long-standing filibuster rules for most presidential nominations, voting mostly along party lines to alter nearly 225 years of precedent.
The rule change would allow federal judge nominees and executive-office appointments to be confirmed by a simple majority of senators, rather than the 60-vote super majority that has been required for more than two centuries. The change would not apply to Supreme Court nominations. It would dramatically alter the landscape for both Democratic and Republican presidents, especially if their own political party holds a majority of, but fewer than 60, Senate seats.
Maybe when Republicans take the Senate in 2014 they will be able to overturn Obamacare with 51 votes.
Thank you, Democrats.