With all the Cloture Votes that have failed in the Senate this year you would think the Republicans have always been stalwart supporters of the Minority in the august body. Nothing like getting your ass kicked in an election to have a Come-to-Jesus understanding of the Senate Rules and their inherent value. Apparently the Republicans have found Nuclear Non-Proliferation just about the time they went back into the minority. Let’s take a trip back about three years ago.
Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS): “[Filibustering] is wrong. It’s not supportable under the Constitution. And if they insist on persisting with these filibusters, I’m perfectly prepared to blow the place up.”
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spokesman: “Senator McConnell always has and continues to fully support the use of what has become known as the ‘[nuclear]’ option in order to restore the norms and traditions of the Senate.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX): “I support the [nuclear] option, I support a rule change, I support elimination of the unconstitutional filibuster by any legal means.”
These phony hypocrites deserve no respect. None. Truly.