Where the nuclear option is concerned, this short video shows who was against it then, and are for it now. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) becomes the Democrat’s fortune teller for what then Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) called a ‘naked power grab,’ when she said . . .
It begins with judicial nominations, next will be executive appointments, and then legislation.
Back in 2005, the fight was over judicial nominations which had never before been subject to a 60 vote filibuster. McCain invented the gang of 14. Bush backed down. Bush did not pursue exempting judicial nominees from the process, the nuclear option, and the rest is history.
Today, it is about legislation, not a judicial nominee. That, and trillions of dollars in borrowed debt, ultimately the end of the private health insurance industry, and the beginning of government run health care. In short, it is the taking over of about 20% of the nations private sector economy. That’s all.
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