Democrats are up in arms- for no good reason- about Senator Jeff Sessions. Liberal loons like Liz Warren are lining up to say they won’t let the alleged racist become Attorney General. There’s just one problem: They can no longer stop the nomination. As Townhall’s Matt Vespa notes:
Well, as the Left goes ballistic over the prospect of Sen. Jeff Sessions becoming our next attorney general and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) as our new CIA director, they should know that Democrats have very little ground to oppose them. Thanks to outgoing Sen. Harry Reid’s (R-NV) nuking of the filibuster rules in 2013 for presidential appointments, with the exception of Supreme Court nominations, only a simple majority is needed to confirm Pompeo and Sessions (via Washington Post):
Senate Democrats are not going to be able to block Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions bid to become attorney general. And they can’t do much to stop Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo from assuming the helm of the CIA.
And they have only themselves to thank for it.
That’s because exactly three years ago, the Democratic Senate majority — led by Harry Reid (Nev.) — rammed through controversial rules fundamentally changing the way the Senate does business. They unleashed in November 2013 what’s called the “nuclear option” allowing senators to approve by a simple majority all presidential appointments to the executive branch and the judiciary, with a big exception for Supreme Court justices.
The filibuster is a healthy part of democracy. Republicans have opposed getting rid of it in several instances because we believe in limiting government. We recognize that if you don’t have your principles, you don’t have much.
Democrats believe in whatever’s politically expedient. How’s that working out for them?