Why I Wish Republicans Were More Like Harry Reid

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) (photo credit: Center for American Progress Action Fund via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) (photo credit: Center for American Progress Action Fund via Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0)

I really wish Republicans were more like outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.

In a wide-ranging interview with Talking Points Memo, a left-wing news outlet, Reid (D-Nev.) proudly declared that he is setting the stage for the Democrats to eliminate the 60-vote filibuster rule should they win control of the Senate in November, allowing for the confirmation of Supreme Court justices with a simple majority:

Envisioning Hillary Clinton in the White House and Democrats controlling the Senate, Reid warned that if a Senate Republican minority block her Supreme Court nominee, he is confident the party won’t hesitate to change the filibuster rules again.

Such a move would be an extension of what Reid did in 2013 when he was still majority leader, eliminating filibusters (with a simple majority vote) on the President’s nominees. There was only one exception: the Supreme Court. As it stands now, Democrats still need 60 votes to move forward with a Supreme Court nominee.

Reid said, however, that could change.

“I really do believe that I have set the Senate so when I leave, we’re going to be able to get judges done with a majority. It takes only a simple majority anymore. And, it’s clear to me that if the Republicans try to filibuster another circuit court judge, but especially a Supreme Court justice, I’ve told ’em how and I’ve done it, not just talking about it. I did it in changing the rules of the Senate. It’ll have to be done again.”

He fights! He believes in things! He does what it takes to advance his agenda!

I’d love to meet a Republican willing to do that. I just can’t imagine Mitch McConnell embracing the nuclear option. Just imagine what The Washington Post might think!

Jon Schweppe is the Communications Director at American Principles Project.