HYPOCRISY: Democrats love the ‘Nuclear Option’ now, but hated it under Bush
Posted by FactReal on February 24, 2010
|Obama & Democrats in 2005: 51 Vote ‘Nuclear Option’ Is Arrogant Power Grab Against the Founders’ Intent
In 2005, Bush and Republicans wanted to use a 51 simple majority to avoid filibusters (a.k.a. “The Nuclear Option”)…but Obama and Democrats fought against it.
Now Obama and Democrats love “The Nuclear Option” and plan to use it to pass Obamacare.
|THIS WAS THEN IN 2005:
Via NakedEmperorNews/ Breitbart.tv:
Then-Senator Obama, April 25, 2005: A change in the Senate rules that really, uh, I think would change the character of the Senate, uh, forever. [snip] Uhhh, and what I worry about would be th-th-that you essentially still have two chambers, the House and the Senate, but you have simply majoritarian, uhhh, absolute power on either side, and that’s just not what the Founders intended.
Then-Senator Joe Biden, May 23, 2005: I say to my friends on the Republican side: You may own the field right now, but you won’t own it forever, and I pray [to] God when the Democrats take back control we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing.
Senator Harry Reid, May 18, 2005: Mr. President, the right to extended debate is never more important than the one party controls Congress and the White House. In these cases the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government.
…and Hillary Clinton, Schumer, Feinstein, Dodd, Baucus.
|BUT THIS IS NOW IN 2010: (H/t: GatewayPundit, GOP.gov)
Administration Support: “‘This package is designed to help us [use reconciliation] if the Republican party decides to filibuster health care reform,’ said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer. ‘That was certainly a factor that went in to how we put this proposal together…’ The president expects, and thinks the American people deserve, an up or down vote on health care reform,’ Pfeiffer said.” (White House Communications Director, Dan Pfeiffer, Talking Points Memo, February 22, 2010)
Majority Leader Support: “If a decision is made to use reconciliation to advance health care, Senator Reid will work with the White House, the House, and members of his caucus in an effort to craft a public option that can overcome procedural obstacles and secure enough votes.” (Statement by Senator Reid Spokesman Rodell Mollineau, The Plum Line, 2/19/2010)
Feinstein Support: “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) became the 11th Senator to sign on to a new effort by Democrats to press Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to pass a public option for insurance coverage using reconciliation, her office confirmed to the Huffington Post on Wednesday.” (Huffington Post, 2/17/2010)