Ditching any semblance of bipartisanship, Senate Majority Leader and Mark Udall’s boss Harry Reid, is looking at ditching the filibuster…a move that could shut down DC and do damage to Udall’s carefully crafted “bipartisan” image:
A partisan war is brewing that could bring the government to a screeching halt as early as January — and no, it’s not over the fiscal cliff.
It’s all about the filibuster…
Republicans are threatening even greater retaliation if Reid uses a move rarely used by Senate majorities: changing the chamber’s precedent by 51 votes, rather than the usual 67 votes it takes to overhaul the rules.
“I think the backlash will be severe,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), the conservative firebrand, said sternly. “If you take away minority rights, which is what you’re doing because you’re an ineffective leader, you’ll destroy the place. And if you destroy the place, we’ll do what we have to do to fight back.”
“It will shut down the Senate,” the incoming Senate GOP whip, Texas Sen. John Cornyn, told POLITICO. “It’s such an abuse of power.”
Reid has consistently floated the idea of ending the common practices of the U.S. Senate that are aimed at creating consensus between the Senate’s members and not allowing any party to ram through its agenda without an opportunity for minority members to be heard.
So much for finding ways to make Washington, D.C. work together. Even as leadership in both parties clamor publicly for bipartisanship, Reid continues to push forward with his attempt to wrangle solitary control of the U.S. Senate.
Ironic, isn’t it? Just 7 short years ago, then Senator Barack Obama proclaimed in an April 2005 speech: