This week, Democrats are desperately trying to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch. Of course, they have the full support of the mainstream media, who have spent weeks saying they have no problem with the filibuster option.
However, they were singing a very different tune a few years ago, when the Republican minority in the Senate tried to filibuster Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominations of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
At the time of their nominations, the minority party in the Senate (Republican) did not have the numbers to block the appointments. Thus in an effort to halt the express train to Progressiveville, they invoked the only remedy they had – the filibuster. The majority party (Democrat) decided it wasn’t going to sit for that and thus changed Senate rules. Formerly, 60 votes (which they didn’t have) were needed to end a filibuster. Harry Reid chucked that rule and changed it to a simple majority (51 votes) needed to end filibustering and move on to a vote of the full body — a change which became known as “the nuclear option.”
We now are facing the exact same scenario in the U.S. Senate only with reversed roles; Republican president’s appointee, Democrat minority seeking to filibuster, Republican majority with its finger on the nuclear option.
This pending move by the Republicans has Democrats howling, of course. Predictably it’s also drawing choruses of venom from the liberal media. But oh how quickly they forget. It was just a few years ago, 2013 to be exact, when then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did the exact same thing — and how did the media react?
The folks over at Newsbusters have compiled an extensive collection of quotes and video of what the now-so-deeply-offended lib media had to say back in those days and boy, is it ever eye-opening. Today liberals are accusing Republicans of a “massive power grab.” Take a look at some of the things they had to say then:
How about this from everyone’s favorite Rachel Maddow:
“…they changed the rules of the United States Senate, so Republicans can’t just block judges anymore. Judges can be blocked on an up or down vote, on a majority vote, like always, but they cannot be blocked anymore with just a minority of votes. Republicans cannot force that anymore. And I know, as I’m hearing myself saying it, I know that it sounds like it’s not that much of a change, but this is a huge freaking deal. This is like 3-inch headlines. This is like people who don’t even care about politics really ought to care about this.”
Or Chris Matthews on Hardball:
‘What a difference a day makes.’ Due to the action of the Senate Democrats today, there will be no more 60- vote requirements to get the president’s appointments confirmed, no more dallying around and delay tactics, no more Mickey Mouse. And with any luck, there will be action.”
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