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After Reid’s nuclear option, a GOP senate will have no excuse not to repeal ObamaCare etc

Conservatives no longer need worry about holding 60 seats after the 2012 election to save America.

The Democrats have paved the way for easy repeal of ObamaCare and major reductions in the size of government by breaking decades of precedent and changing the rules by majority vote.

There can be no more excuses for moderates to be moderate. The cooling saucer is no more and given the desperate times we live in, that’s a good thing.

In a shocking development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules.

Reid and 50 members of his caucus voted to change Senate rules unilaterally to prevent Republicans from forcing votes on uncomfortable amendments after the chamber has voted to move to final passage of a bill.

Reid’s coup passed by a vote of 51-48, leaving Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fuming.

The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had been a humdrum knife fight over amendments to China currency legislation.

It feels like Christmas in October to this victim of Great Depression II after decades of watching America slouch towards Gomorrah, thanks to the dominance of the Democratic Party that periodically gained super-majorities to move the U.S. closer to European socialism.

The GOP has never held a filibuster-proof majority since the progressive era and now won’t have to in order to roll back the disaster of Big Government. The only question now is how many real conservatives populate the Republican Party, as it will take much less courage now to effect real conservative change.

I just hope simple majorities will have that courage because the state of the economy nearly ensures a major GOP victory on Election Day 2012. Or would senate worshiping conservatives have us change the rules back and handicap our side out of some misguided loyalty to a tradition that isn’t even in the Constitution? God forbid.

Some conservatives have taken a middle position that insisted that the Democrats be the ones that change the rules in this way and that then we could take advantage of same after the fact. I was not one of those. I have long favored ending the filibuster except for those super-majority requirements in the Constitution. But it is now “after the fact” for those that have held the middle position.

Thank you Harry Reid.

Mike DeVine

Editor – Hillbilly Politics

Co-Founder and Editor – Political Daily

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist –  Examiner.com

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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Mike gamecock DeVine
A trial lawyer for two decades in South Carolina; owner of Ati Vista LLC since 2002 now associated with Lupa Law Firm; VP & Counsel for Buddy Allen Roofing & Construction Inc. since 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia; and a freelance writer, DeVine was the conservative voice of the Charlotte Observer from 2006-8 and has been the owner of HillbillyPolitics.com since 2009. www.devinelawvista.com

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  1. In an effort to avoid tough votes on Obama’s jobs bill, Reid has handicapped the minority, Republican for now. To quote Erick Brockway, this is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, like suicide.

    It would benefit our side in the end, because the conservative opinion is a solid majority though we can never get quite enough for a supermajority, except that I don’t trust the Rs in the Senate to try. I think we have too many like former Sen. Kit Bond who ran as an R, but submarined us every chance he got.

    We’ll see if we have enough, but I think the Maine twins, Graham, Brown (for now), McCain, etc will make sure that we don’t get any lasting benefit. They only vote just barely conservative enough to get re-elected, and that is only two out of their six years. They will just have to let a little bit more of their elitism peek out around the corners in order to protect the statist agenda most of our pols support.

    • I have the same trust problem that you have Queen. All Harry did is provide conservatives with an opportunity. It is too early to celebrate a great victory. Until Jan. 2013, and the GOP have won control of the House, Senate, and WH there is plenty of time for a lot of young commies to win lifetime appointments as federal judges. I like this breaking news, GC, but I will hold off on a victory celebration.

      • No victory celebration. I’m celebrating having the opportunity to call out Ruling Class Republicans to put up or shut up and try and shame them into using this opportunity as an excuse that many claimed they needed before doing the same back during other 60-vote fights. Many in the GOP said they would not go first on this tactic. Ok, now they don’t have to. It would increase the chances that the next Senate would maintain this rule change and those that logically follow if current Senators and especially candidates for senate seats in the 2012 election would speak up now in the way I have framed the issue, rather than whining about what Reid has done.

        But no, after 11 years in the Stupid Party, I am not an optimist. Rather, I remain an activist attempting to persuade.

    • I hope Harry Reid decides he is tired of being a Senator after the Dems lose the majority and he cant play Il Duce anymore. He needs to go back to Searchlight NV and pursue his true missed calling in life, that of town undertaker.

  2. Powerful echo by Hugh Hewitt!
    https://www.hughhewitt.com/blog/g/28c901d6-350e-4abe-a194-e96e67887562

    excerpt:

    What’s done cannot be undone. The senators can tell themselves that they can walk this dog back, but they can’t. No warning, no debate, no input, just a decree. Reid is learning from his former colleague now down the street at 1600. When the GOP retakes the Senate in 2012, it will be obliged to govern in the same way for at least one Congress and perhaps far longer or risk being the sap party. What one party does, the other must do or unilaterally disarm. The life of President Romney’s or President Perry’s judicial nominees just got much easier, at least for the first two years of his presidency, as did the wholesale repeal of Obamacare by simple majority vote.

    Only an incompetent would prepare for a return to the minority by trashing the power of the minority.

  3. The Repubs in the Senate came oh so close to going nuclear under Frist & had the votes –but for whatever reason backed away. They have their reward now for being nice guys don’t they?. The only possible reaction even the RINOs could feel at this action by Reid, is either double crossed, or violated. Thanks for posting this GC I couldnt agree more with every word.

  1. In an effort to avoid tough votes on Obama’s jobs bill, Reid has handicapped the minority, Republican for now. To quote Erick Brockway, this is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, like suicide.

    It would benefit our side in the end, because the conservative opinion is a solid majority though we can never get quite enough for a supermajority, except that I don’t trust the Rs in the Senate to try. I think we have too many like former Sen. Kit Bond who ran as an R, but submarined us every chance he got.

    We’ll see if we have enough, but I think the Maine twins, Graham, Brown (for now), McCain, etc will make sure that we don’t get any lasting benefit. They only vote just barely conservative enough to get re-elected, and that is only two out of their six years. They will just have to let a little bit more of their elitism peek out around the corners in order to protect the statist agenda most of our pols support.

    • I have the same trust problem that you have Queen. All Harry did is provide conservatives with an opportunity. It is too early to celebrate a great victory. Until Jan. 2013, and the GOP have won control of the House, Senate, and WH there is plenty of time for a lot of young commies to win lifetime appointments as federal judges. I like this breaking news, GC, but I will hold off on a victory celebration.

      • No victory celebration. I’m celebrating having the opportunity to call out Ruling Class Republicans to put up or shut up and try and shame them into using this opportunity as an excuse that many claimed they needed before doing the same back during other 60-vote fights. Many in the GOP said they would not go first on this tactic. Ok, now they don’t have to. It would increase the chances that the next Senate would maintain this rule change and those that logically follow if current Senators and especially candidates for senate seats in the 2012 election would speak up now in the way I have framed the issue, rather than whining about what Reid has done.

        But no, after 11 years in the Stupid Party, I am not an optimist. Rather, I remain an activist attempting to persuade.

    • I hope Harry Reid decides he is tired of being a Senator after the Dems lose the majority and he cant play Il Duce anymore. He needs to go back to Searchlight NV and pursue his true missed calling in life, that of town undertaker.

  2. Powerful echo by Hugh Hewitt!
    https://www.hughhewitt.com/blog/g/28c901d6-350e-4abe-a194-e96e67887562

    excerpt:

    What’s done cannot be undone. The senators can tell themselves that they can walk this dog back, but they can’t. No warning, no debate, no input, just a decree. Reid is learning from his former colleague now down the street at 1600. When the GOP retakes the Senate in 2012, it will be obliged to govern in the same way for at least one Congress and perhaps far longer or risk being the sap party. What one party does, the other must do or unilaterally disarm. The life of President Romney’s or President Perry’s judicial nominees just got much easier, at least for the first two years of his presidency, as did the wholesale repeal of Obamacare by simple majority vote.

    Only an incompetent would prepare for a return to the minority by trashing the power of the minority.

  3. The Repubs in the Senate came oh so close to going nuclear under Frist & had the votes –but for whatever reason backed away. They have their reward now for being nice guys don’t they?. The only possible reaction even the RINOs could feel at this action by Reid, is either double crossed, or violated. Thanks for posting this GC I couldnt agree more with every word.

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