But the most deplorable effect of all is that diminution of attachment and reverence which steals into the hearts of the people, towards a political system which betrays so many marks of infirmity, and disappoints so many of their flattering hopes. No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.
James Madison, Federalist 62
Harry Reid carried through on his threat yesterday to invoke the so-called nuclear option and take away the right of filibuster in regard to federal appointments except for the Supreme Court. The vote was 52-48 with three Democrats voting in opposition along with all Republicans. In effect the vote kills the filibuster since the majority may get rid of it completely at any time the majority wishes. That this throws out some 225 years of Senate tradition meant less than nothing to Reid and his colleagues, desperate to turn attention away from the disaster called ObamaCare and eager to implement Obama’s scheme to pack the federal appellate courts, especially the DC Circuit, with judges who will uphold the actions of this administration.
The Majority in the Senate always hates the filibuster and the Minority always loves it. There have been many threats by majorities to take away the filibuster, but until yesterday such threats were never carried out. Why? Majorities in the past always realized that one day they would be in the minority, fear of retaliation by the minority in obstructing the work of the Senate and also a realization that the filibuster normally forced the majority and the minority to work together to some extent, unlike the House. Such reasons held no weight with the Democrats yesterday, apparently the senators with Ds after their names, with three exceptions, lacking any concern with what the morrow will bring.
What the morrow is almost certain to bring is an ever intensifying ratcheting up of partisan warfare. To a certain extent that is to be regretted, but the Democrats as a party, at least since the time of LBJ and his Daisy nuke commercial, long ago decided that winning is more important than comity with their political adversaries. The Republicans yesterday had a dramatic demonstration that the Democrats in the Senate, almost all of them, do not view them as colleagues to be reasoned with, but foes to be defeated by any means necessary. Yesterday was a sad milestone on the downward track of this country to ever increasing partisan strife, but the Republicans are fools if they do not accept the terms of political warfare announced by their adversaries and rid themselves of the illusion of hope for bi-partisanship, which currently is nothing but a delusion.