Oh, yes, liberals. We did.
When the President started going crazy on the number and scope of his executive orders, we we warned you; “y’all might not control the White House forever. You might not want to set that precedent”.
But you did.
And when Dingy Harry Reid tubed the filibuster, we warned you; “this is one of those traditions that has served to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority for longer than anyone can remember”, you laughed and shot the filibuster in the head.
They did it – do you remember this? – because they weren’t getting their way fast enough for their petulant adolescent tastes!
Let’s flash back to 2013:
“The American people believe Congress is broken. The American people believe the Senate is broken. And I believe they are right,” Reid said Thursday on the Senate floor. “The need for change is so very, very obvious.”…
“I’ve sat on the Judiciary (Committee) for 20 years and it has never, ever been like this. You reach a point where your frustration just overwhelms and things have to change,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who had previously opposed efforts to change filibuster rules but voted with Reid on Thursday. “I think the level of frustration on the Democratic side has just reached the point where it’s worth the risk.”
So the Democrats, in a tantrum as shortsighted as that of any teenager, blew up the filibuster.
Today? The hangover is setting in:
Senator Chris Coons (D., Del.) said on CNN Tuesday that he regrets the rule change Senate Democrats made to the nomination process.
“The filibuster no longer acts as an emergency brake on the nomination,” Coons said….“I do regret that. Frankly I think many of us will regret that in this congress because it would have been a terrific speed bump, potential emergency break [sic], to have in our system to slow down the confirmation of extreme nominees,” Coons said.
The problem, as I see it? Too many Republicans are too compassionate, and absorbed the lessons they used to teach people about “good sportsmanship” and “being a good winner” as well as losing with grace (which we’ve done so much of we’re out of practice being “good winners”). We have been loathe to pound home the fruits of the victories we’ve gotten (although the GOP’s idiot consulting class has a lot to do with that too).
But compassion must be tempered with teaching the Democrats a lesson. We have federalism, and the traditions that up until Reid’s tantrum, protected the minority from the depredations of the majority.
So yes, GOP – we do need to make this a painful lesson for the Democrats. We do need to empanel a generation of conservative judges (to roll back the damage Obama did to the federal judiciary). We do need to use this mandate that the people gave us in Congress to make the changes you were sent to make.
For the Democrats’ own good.
We tried to teach them about limited government the easy, comfy way.
Now it’s time to teach them the hard way.