McConnell’s Revenge, What Goes Around, Comes Around
It took five years, but now conservatives across the country are expressing their heartfelt gratitude to former Senate Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid for eliminating the filibuster for most nominations by presidents in 2013, allowing the Senate to approve judicial nominees with a simple majority instead of the 60-vote super majority that had been the standard for nearly four decades. The Washington Post wrote at the time, “Now, a president whose party holds the majority in the Senate is virtually assured of having his nominees approved, with far less opportunity for political obstruction.” Reid had acted so that former President Barack Obama could gain confirmation of three picks to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
McConnell warned then-Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid not to destroy the filibuster and make a simple majority in the Senate enough to confirm a judicial nominee.
At the time, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had presciently warned Reid, “You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think.”
Reid was adamant, and issued a deathless tweet that may now come back to haunt him.
Reid didn’t listen, and McConnell has every right to enjoy the moment.
Revenge, sweet glorious revenge.
Since the GOP currently holds a slim 51-49 majority, the fact that a simple majority is all that they need to approve a Supreme Court justice means that a true conservative can be confirmed to the court.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews went apoplectic on Wednesday after Justice Anthony Kennedy’s bombshell announcement that he is retiring, a decision that has handed Donald Trump another Supreme Court nominee and resulted in literal wailing and gnashing of teeth over at the Democratic National Committee. Matthews spent the rest of the day shouting from the rooftops at MSNBC that it’s “time for vengeance”, and that the Democrats must try to shut down the nomination of the next justice using any means possible.
Matthews warned Senate Democrats that if the Democratic leadership under Schumer allows this to go forward, they will have a huge problem with the Democratic base saying,” they’ll all be ousted by their progressive base if they fail to get “vengeance” for Republicans blocking Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016.
Democrats are furious that a conservative 5-4 Supreme Court majority earlier in the week stood up for the Constitution and the Rule of Law. Democrats hate that Constitution stuff, you know the guns, religion and freedom of speech.