Report: Sen. Harry Reid "not inclined to use" tools he has to overcome filibuster of background check bill

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It was only yesterday that I posted, "Harry Reid hints at filibuster 'nuclear option'… again. Try using it this time, Harry." I peppered that post with comparisons of Reid to an ineffectual parent plus comments like:

-- But Harry shook hands instead, although he has threatened to revisit filibuster reform from time to time, getting Democratic hopes up, like Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. We’ll believe it when we see it.

-- Of course you will, dear.

-- I will NOT get my hopes up, I will NOT get my hopes up…

-- That would be novel. Just do it already.

From the tweets and comments I received, we all had the same reaction. And for good reason.

Roll Call:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has the tools he needs to overcome any initial filibuster of a firearms background check bill, but he may not be inclined to use them.

Indeed, the Nevada Democrat is biding his time, even as President Barack Obama embarks on an aggressive new push for votes on a variety of gun-related measures, including background checks and a new prohibition on assault weapons.

The trouble for Reid is the new process — established in January through modest filibuster rules changes — may have a fatal flaw in practice when the Nevada Democrat actually wants the bill involved to become law.

And what might that fatal flaw be? Reid's New Rules do not prevent senators from blocking a bill from passing once it’s up for debate.

Did I mention that he still needs at least 60 votes? That he still needs a super majority? That real filibuster reform is still just a twinkle in sane and reasonable Democrats' eyes? And that Republicans despise compromise so much that they won't even use the word?

Here's what "compromise" means to the GOP:

Here's what Harry Reid means to those of us who are fed up:

peanuts lucy charlie brown football 2Here's what many of you may be doing after reading this post:

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  • gc.wall

    It is odd that people elect some people to public office who reject the idea that the government's, efficient or not, purpose is to provide for the general welfare and the Constitution of the United States. After all, everyone knows that they can count on free market capitalists not to ignore, neglect, exploit and harbor disrespect for others who are not similarly situated...

    I haven't a clue about how Reid perceives his responsibilities. It appears that he wants to be the "Invisible Man". Has Reid ever rocked a boat in his life? Has Reid ever been passionate about any ideal? At some point in his life he must have decided that if he behaved obsequious enough and appeared to be void of passion he could retire with as little damage from confrontation as possible. I do not doubt that Sen. Reid felt somethings at some time in his past, but not for a very long time.

  • http://twitter.com/Aqua_Buddah Jason Rowe

    Good God. We need new leadership. Correction; We NEED leadership. Period.