I hate to say “I told you so,” but I told you so. Last month I predicted that Harry Reid would rue the day he took the nuclear option off the table regarding filibuster reform. So now that Republicans have just blocked an up and down vote on Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense – i.e., filibuster – it’s time to ask the sixty-four thousand dollar question. At what point will Democrats finally get it that the GOP can’t be trusted to do the right thing?
This isn’t about Benghazi; it never was. It’s about power and paranoia. The Republicans don’t have much of the former, but they certainly have loads of the latter.
By being the reasonable man in the room, by ostensibly giving Mitch McConnell and his band of wayward pirates the benefit of the doubt, Reid has not only put his President’s nomination at risk, he has permitted the possibility that the Department of Defense will NOT have a sitting secretary for at least a week, maybe more.
Way to go, genius. The laughter you’re hearing is coming from the 45 members of the opposition party who can’t believe their good fortune. The growling you’re hearing is coming from the members of your own caucus, many of whom begged you to put this matter to bed when you had the chance.
Thanks to the Majority Leader’s naïveté, this three-ring circus promises to keep going on for the next four years. And, worst of all, he has no one else to blame but himself. This is what you get for being a nice guy, Harry.
Oh joy, oh freakin’ bliss!