Filibuster reform

English: John McCain official photo portrait.

English: John McCain official photo portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday, John McCain and Harry Reid reached a compromise on filibuster reform that avoided the nuclear option. We can chalk up a win for John McCain over the Wacko-birds of the GOP in the Senate. The score now reads:
John McCain   1
Wacko-birds   0

I look forward with anticipation to the next episode in this continuing saga, perhaps to be entitled “The Wacko-birds Strike Back.”

Nuclear option

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from ...

Harry Reid (D-NV), United States Senator from Nevada and Majority Leader of the United States Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The so-called nuclear option is the total elimination of the Senate filibuster. The filibuster is an option that Harry Reid supports, but he does intend to make its use more difficult. The filibuster is a Senate tradition that is not part of the Constitution. On the first day of a new Congressional session, the Senate rules including the filibuster rules can be changed by a simple majority. We will know how well Harry Reid has succeeded by how loud are the howls of protest from the GOP.

 

Please see Harry Reid | Filibusters