Ol’ Harry is at it again, decrying as Senate Majority Leader tools he utilized — with great effect — as Minority Leader. According to John Fund in today’s Political Diary (available by subscription):
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid once loved the Senate rule requiring 60 votes to end a filibuster, employing it frequently during the Bush years to stop conservative judicial appointments. Now he says the rule has become the Senate’s equivalent of the spitball, which eventually was banned by baseball because pitchers abused it.
“We’re looking at ways to change what has been an abuse,” he told Netroots Nation, a gathering of 2,000 left-wing bloggers and Internet activists in Las Vegas this past weekend. The Senate Majority Leader said he had “no plans yet” on how to proceed but indicated that Senate Rules Committee Chairman Chuck Schumer of New York has some ideas and action could come soon.
Tell you what, Harry, we’ll take seriously your moves on filibuster reform just as soon as you confirm every filibustered Bush judicial nominee who could have won a majority vote in previous Congresses to the federal bench.
Until you make that happen, your move is nothing more than political posturing to placate the far left.
Meanwhile, join me in donating to the woman angling to replace the outgoing majority leader.