However, at least the filibuster has been saved, so future Democrat Senate minorities can use it to stop qualified nominees, like Miguel Estrada, based upon their ethnicity.
Thomas PerezThomas E. PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE, who finds the rule of law a minor inconvenience and will use the full enforcement power of the Labor Department to seek out and destroy companies that don’t embrace organized labor, is A-OK.
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Richard Cordray, who Obama deemed to be so unconfirmable when he placed him as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau without going through the previously inviolable Senate process, is legitimized in the Republican cave-in.
And Reid retains the hammer of promising to nuke the Senate in the future, whenever he decides the minority party is getting out of its place.
At least those who ganged up on the Republican side to rubber stamp Obama’s radical nominees have stripped away the fiction that electing a Republican majority in the Senate matters.
After all, if the McCain gang is effectively the swing governance party in the Senate, there would not be any policy changes sent to the president’s desk that were not pre-approved by his cabal. That's not exactly the kind of red meat that turns out voters in an intensity election.
Of course, at least there are always primaries for voters who want their senators to stand up and obstruct the radical Obama agenda to be heard.