MSM Wrongly Accuse Dems Of Hypocrisy On Senate Nuke Option

Typically dull look of recognition comes over the face of MSNBC hackoid and blowhard, Joe Scarborough, as he realizes he has just made the case for Harry Reid and Barack Obama on the Nuclear Option. His partner, the even dumber Mika Brzezinski, repeatedly affirmed that the Democrats were obviously just a bunch of hypocrites. Of course, the facts were not sifted by the hackoids to properly assess meaning—THAT might be too partisan, or too RIGHTLY condemning of the Republicans for being dangerously obstructionist.
The general opinion on yesterday's Senate Nuclear Blast is that Harry Reid, and by extension Barack Obama, have allowed a naked power grab by the Senate majority Democrats, which among other things is an outrageous display of hypocrisy.

After all, as the hosts pointed out endlessly on Morning Joe this morning, there are numerous instances of Harry Reid and Barack Obama saying they thought going nuclear back in 2005, when it would have helped George W. Bush do things he wanted, was a very bad thing.

So, isn’t that the very height of hypocrisy, Joe and Mika asked.

But, is it really?

If you look at what Senator Barack Obama said back in 2005 for example, he talked about the dangers of making the partisan divide worse than it was if the GOP went nuclear (in other words changed the filibuster rules):
"I fear that the already partisan atmosphere in Washington will be poisoned to the point where no one will be able to agree on anything."
So, in other words, Obama was arguing, it was important to keep partisanship at a lower level by maintaining the filibuster—otherwise, as he noted elsewhere in his remarks, "the fighting, the bitterness, and the gridlock will only get worse."

But, if you consider what Obama was worried about—increased partisan rancor that would create a hopeless gridlock—that has happened in the extreme even with the Senate filibuster rules kept in place the last eight years.

And why is that?

Oh, because the moment Barack Obama was elected, the GOP adopted a no-compromise, 100% gridlock and government dysfunction approach to expressing the belief of Republicans that Barack Obama was not a legitimate president.

You may recall these infamous words from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), expressing what he viewed, in October, 2010, as the top priority of the Republican Party:
"The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
Given the wretched condition of the nation's economy, especially in 2010, and given the host of other severe problems facing the USA, the Republicans boldly, baldly confessed they had one mission—torpedo Obama, no matter the cost.

The Republicans have been so committed to this strategy of nullification (of two elections now) that they don’t even care if their actions hurt millions of Americans—with government shutdowns, and with blocking numerous court appointments of judges.

The situation had gotten so bad, that the Senate, before yesterday's Nuclear Option decision, was widely viewed as broken to the point Barack Obama feared—where nothing could get done.

And this is why it was no hypocrisy for Harry Reid to change the rules of the Senate to allow at least some basic governmental obligations of the Senate—approving Presidential nominations to judgeships—to take place. Remember, all we are talking about is changing the rules to allow democratic votes to occur on nominees to court positions.

Now, understanding this, take a look at this completely stupid statement by that political fist of ham, Joe Scarborough, who here explains why blocking the Republicans from blocking Obama’s judicial appointees is a terrible thing for the nation:
“Now the very judges who are going to be [judging Obamacare]—they’re only gonna get through by a nuclear option.”
OK.

But, think about that for a moment.

Scarborough is admitting that WITHOUT the nuclear option in place, that is without the simple majority to bring cloture (stopping debate) in place, no Obama-nominated judge was going to “get through.”

Scarborough has just explained in the simplest terms why what Reid and the Senate Democrats did yesterday was the right thing.

Sometimes, the hopeless stupidity of the MSM is mesmerizing in its ability to backfire into a unintended clarity.

Thanks Joe.

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