“The Nuclear Option” is a procedural change enacted by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev) in 2013 which lowered the threshold for Congressional confirmations (except for the Supreme Court) to a simple majority.
It was done purportedly to restart a stalled Congress mired by “Republican Obstructionism”. Basically, it allowed the party in power to roll over the minority like a freight train. Traditionally, the use of the filibuster gave an opportunity for pause—for both sides to be heard and possibly persuade others to join in their cause. This change allowed for Mr. Obama to dictate and Democrats to confirm, sans discussion.
The various media personalities had a field day with this. Considering EVERYTHING wrong with Government was the fault of the Republicans this finally allowed the People’s business to get done. Traditionally, the Filibuster has been the ONLY method for the minority party to be heard.
So here is the rub: Democrats cried foul when in the minority and the Republicans proposed this. They cheered loudly when they struck a blow for “Democracy” and now they are shaking in their boots that turnabout is fair play. (We are a Constitutional Republic!). My ONLY concern is that the weenies we voted into office do NOT give an inch of ground to those cowards who begged for mercy then showed none.
Sen. Harry Reid(D-Nev)
“The consistent and unprecedented obstruction by the Republican caucus has turned ‘advise and consent’ to ‘deny and obstruct’,” he said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote. “It’s time to get the Senate working again, not for the good of the current Democratic majority or some future Republican majority but for the good of the United States of America.”
Take a listen to this. Prophetically, listen to Democratic strategist Maria Cardona on a CNN panel. She is the last person in the last couple of seconds. “There’s no question we could come one day to regret this.”