In their own words: Harry Reid & Barack Obama
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., May 2005:
“The filibuster is ... part of the fabric of this institution. ... It encourages moderation and consensus. It gives voice to the minority, so that cooler heads may prevail. ... And it is very much in keeping with the government established by the Framers of our Constitution — limited government, separation of powers, checks and balances. ... (T)he filibuster is a critical tool in keeping the majority in check. ... (The Founding Fathers) established a government so that no one person — and no single party — could have total control.”
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., April 2005:
“I urge all of us to think not just about winning every debate but about protecting free and democratic debate. ... (E)veryone in this chamber knows that if the majority chooses to end the filibuster ... then the fighting, the bitterness and the gridlock will only get worse. ... (I)f the right of free and open debate is taken away from the minority party and the millions of Americans who ask us to be their voice, I fear the partisan atmosphere in Washington will be poisoned to the point where no one will be able to agree on anything.”
Thursday last, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spearheaded the effort to end some judicial filibusters. The Democrat-controlled Senate voted 52-48 to do so. President Obama praised the move.
Thanksgiving has come early for America. Democrats, already reeling from the many failures of ObamaCare, have cooked their own goose and drowned their future Senate majority in their own hypocritical juices.
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