Three years ago, the GOP was threatening to “nuke” the filibuster. Trent Lott had this to say:
[Filibustering] is wrong. It?s not supportable under the Constitution. And if they insist on persisting with these filibusters, I?m perfectly prepared to blow the place up.
Senator McConnell always has and continues to fully support the use of what has become known as the ?[nuclear]? option in order to restore the norms and traditions of the Senate.
Mr. McConnell and his fellow Republicans are playing such tight defense, blocking nearly every bill proposed by the slim Democratic majority that they are increasingly able to dictate what they want, much to the dismay of the majority leader, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, and frustrated Democrats in the House.
In fact, the Senate Republicans are so accustomed to blocking measures that when the Democrats finally agreed last week to their demands on a bill to repair the alternative minimum tax, the Republicans still objected, briefly blocking the version of the bill that they wanted before scrambling to approve it later.
For the Democrats, it was a perfect example of why they have taken to calling the G.O.P. the ?grand obstructionist party.? The Democrats send out daily tallies of the number of Republican filibusters, which the Democrats say will set a record.
The Republicans are not shy about their strategy, which they say is merely exercising the minority?s right to filibuster, which has existed since the earliest days of the Senate.
Democrats are, of course, complaining – and they should. But they aren’t threatening to “nuke” the filibuster.
Republicans are a bunch of children. They scream and stomp and throw a big fit unless they get their way. I’m not sure why people would want to vote for these immature jerks. Let’s let the adults try to actually do some good for a change, eh?