I’m sure Harry Reid knows that Mitch McConnell’s first act as majority leader will be to eviscerate the filibuster, and that the next time Republicans are in the minority, the filibuster will be once again considered a sacrament of the one, true, holy and apostolic Church of Bipartisan Comity. So I assume the reason his latest filibuster gambit is such weak tea is because of a few wobbly Democrats:
[…] The scope of the Democratic plan is apparently quite narrow: “We’re not touching judges. This is not judges. This is not legislation. This is allowing the people of America to have a president who can have his team … in place,” Reid said.
In other words, if the minority wants to derail legislation by requiring 60-vote supermajorities, that will still be allowed. If the minority wants to derail judicial nominees through filibusters, that would be permissible, too. All the “nuclear option” would do, at least in this case, is stop a specific kind of obstructionism: the minority wouldn’t be allowed to prevent the Senate from voting on executive-branch nominees. That’s it.
I may have missed it, but I wish some reporter would call the office of every Democratic Senator to get a yes or no answer on filibuster reform (and if the answer is some weak “maybe” then assume it’s a “no”). If we can’t get them to change their view on the filibuster, at least we can give them a little public shaming.
Related to this, the grim news that Brian Schweitzer won’t run for Senate makes it more likely that McConnell will be the majority leader sooner rather than later.