MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Hammers Harry Reid for Abandoning Push to Change the Senate Filibuster Rule – Video 1/24/13
Here is video of MSNBC’s Ed Schultz going apoplectic tonight about the reality that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is not going to push for changing the Filibuster rule that requires 60-votes to bring a bill to the Senate Floor for a vote. Schultz slams Harry Reid for his failure to use the “Constitutional option” – they called it the “Nuclear option” when they feared Republicans would change it. Reid and GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have agreed on some minor changes to the rule, but not making a change in the need for 60-votes to bring any controversial legislation to the Floor.
But he never really stated the reason why Harry Reid went from wanting to change the Filibuster rule to now abandoning that effort? I really don’t know for sure, but I suspect it has something to do with the decision by Obama and many on the Left to push Gun Control. Harry Reid has had a strong NRA rating. I don’t think he wants Obama’s Gun Control push to come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. Changing the Filibuster rule would make it much easier for Democrats to get it to the floor for a vote. By pushing for Gun Control, Obama may have unwittingly made it much more difficult to bring significant change to the Filibuster rule.
UPDATE: William Bigelow at Breitbart has a long list of disappointed liberal reaction.
Deal streamlining Senate filibuster rules passes 78 to 16 and 86 to 9. washingtonpost.com/politics/senat…— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 25, 2013