When the Democrats were last in power, they made a move that Republicans promised them they’d come to regret: They nuked the filibuster on presidential appointments, so they could ram through Barack Obama’s radical agenda without incident.
Fast forward to today. Democrats are in full blown panic mode about Donald Trump’s election. Some liberals think he’s worse than Castro. They’re worried that he’ll fill his administration with radical extremists.
And they can’t do ANYTHING about it. Here’s Dem Senator Chris Coons coming to terms with that:
BOLDUAN: But Senator, also a rules change the Democrats put in place could also come back to bite you. I mean, I don’t get into the weeds, but Democrats made it much easier than a simple majority can push through presidential nominees. Democrats did it for themselves and now Republicans can do it as well.
COONS: That’s exactly right. The filibuster no longer acts as emergency brake on the nomination —
BOLDUAN: So do you regret that?
COONS: I do regret that. I frankly think many of us will regret that in this Congress because it would have been a terrific speed bump, potential emergency brake, to have in our system to slow down the confirmation of extreme nominees. We’re instead going to have to depend on the American people, on thorough hearings and/or persuading a number of Republicans in those cases where President-elect Trump might nominate someone, who is just too extreme to the American people. I’ll remind you that Secretary Clinton won the popular vote and that Democrat — Senate candidates won more votes. So I don’t think Trump has an overwhelming mandate. I do think Republicans are conscious of that.
Coons then goes on to make a totally ridiculous, utterly irrelevant point about Clinton winning the popular vote, a tidbit that has nothing to do with anything.
Here’s one thing we can all agree on: Democratic tears taste delicious. Here’s a group of people who did everything they could to radically expand the power of the chief executive coming to realize just how terrifying that can be when the chief executive doesn’t happen to agree with you on everything.
Here’s our suggestion: Democrats who don’t like the idea of conforming to the values of Americans in the Bible Belt and are worried about the prospect of President Donald Trump wielding too much power should revisit two features of the American system that helped make this country great in the first place: the separation of powers and federalism.