Time to revisit filibuster reform?
Last year, facing unprecedented Republican obstruction to the president's agenda, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid came to the Senate floor with a big admission: "These two young, fine senators said it was time to change the rules of the Senate, and we didn't. They were right. The rest of us were wrong -- or most of us, anyway. What a shame ... I am almost embarrassed,” he said, referring to two Democrats who wanted to curb the power of the filibuster.
That was in May of 2012. Now, 10 months later and facing unprecedented Republican obstruction of Chuck Hagel’s appointment to be secretary of Defense, Reid may be wishing he had heeded his own advice a bit more, and forged a stronger package of filibuster reforms.
"Are there chickens in Nevada? Because unfortunately, our friend Harry Reid's filibuster-reform chicken is coming home to roost,” quipped Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which advocates for stronger filibuster reform.