Meanwhile, over in the cooling saucer:
Reid noted there has never been a filibuster of a defense secretary nominee, and he called the potential development “shocking” and “tragic.”
Those words should be saved for sudden events that couldn’t have been predicted, like a kid getting run over by a car, or spilling you third Manhattan on a white tablecloth. Filibustering Hagel on the flimsiest of pretexts should be no shock, because anyone listening to Grandpa McCain and Benghazi perseverator Graham could have seen it coming a mile away, and the only tragedy here is that Reid and the other traditionalists (DiFi, Levin and the rest) are always one step behind the Republicans.
We wouldn’t be having this discussion if those idiots had backed filibuster reform. And the notion that a Republican majority wouldn’t pass filibuster reform on their first day, just because Democrats played nice when they had a majority, is fruit of the same stupid tree that got us into the Hagel mess.
Harry Reid doesn’t seem implacably stupid, so I wonder if he’ll use this example to push the traditionalists into finally backing filibuster reform, but, unlike those fossils, I know that I’m engaging in some pretty serious wishful thinking by merely entertaining that thought.