“If 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 that the partisan atmosphere in Washington will be poisoned to the point where no one will be able to agree on anything.”
-Sen. Barack Obama, 2005
“This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab by the majority party.”
-Sen. Joseph Biden, 2005
The Senate has had the filibuster in place for 225 years. It held during the lead-up to the Civil War, when one senator actually physically attacked another on the Senate floor. It lasted through the Great Depression and the battle over FDR’s Court-packing plan. It lasted through many wars. Now our president sees an obstacle to his control of government, and a practice of over two centuries falls.
Of course, our two senators are on the side of the power grab.
Silver lining- it may take 51 votes in the Senate and a Republican president to overturn the biggest power grab in recent history, Obamacare. That’s a concrete, achievable goal. Let’s start working today to achieve it.