The “Other” Nuclear Option

The nonsense from the Democrats over the judicial nominations continues. This morning, Senator Robert Byrd displays a phenomenal lack of either sanity or honestly in a Washington Post editoral.

Political science professor Steven Taylor is none too impressed with Byrd’s understanding of high school civics. He highlights the many times Byrd either lies about the Senate or just gets his facts wrong.

I submit Byrd knows quite well how the Senate works. Goodness knows he’s been there long enough. He is simply taking a page out of the modern day Democrat playbook. “Lie to the American people if that advances your agenda.” He is counting on the fact that most people will have no clue he is misrepresenting reality and they will be motivated by his passionate cries for freedom of speech. And it will work on many. (see also “But that is what we did on the left- we marched and chanted”)

The solution to this is clear. If the Democrats really claim that those ‘Rascally Republicans’ are not letting them debate the nominees, then by all means let’s have a debate. The correct “nuclear option” here is not to change the rules… The correct option is to force the Democrat to follow them. If the Democrats want to filibuster… Make them.

Make the Democrats take to the floor and explain to the American people, at length, why they are standing in the way of getting the people’s work done so they can deny the President his right to appoint people to the court. Let them take to the floor and prove to the American people that their mission is of such urgency to the American people that it is worth shutting down congress for. If the Democrats want to filibuster… Make them.

Don’t let them just “call a filibuster” like it is some sort of veto power… Make them actually filibuster. Make Robert Byrd take to the floor like he did when he and other Democrats tried to deny black people their civil rights and talk for 14 hours. Make the Democrats prove how obstructionist they are.

Changing the Senate rules automatically puts Republicans on defense, making the Democrats filibuster puts them on defense… And it’s real hard to win on defense.

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