Republicans are apparently planning to nuke the filibuster in order to repeal Obamacare:
Health care presents a different story. Conservatives continue to rage against Obamacare, and their capacity to oppose it, unlike their capacity to prevent same-sex marriage, has not fully expired. The strategy of attempting to destroy Obamacare through far-fetched lawsuits has run its course, but Republicans can still have normal political methods at their disposal should they regain power. They have come to focus their energies on the remaining path to obtain this goal, which runs through the final destruction of the Senate filibuster.
If Republicans win the presidential election, their party will control the House, the Senate, and the executive branch. What would stop large chunks of their agenda cold is the Senate filibuster. When the Democratic Party won the trifecta in 2009, they allowed the Senate minority to use the filibuster to impose a 60-vote requirement on all major legislation. The filibuster did not stop Democrats from enacting an aggressive agenda during the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency, since they were at or near the 60 vote threshold throughout the term, but it did slow their legislative roll.
The filibuster severely hampered Republican ambitions. The party is five seats short of a filibuster-proof super-majority right now, and next year’s Senate elections — held on disproportionately blue-leaning turf — will probably shrink their majority even more. If they want to fulfill their goals, they will have to eliminate the filibuster. That is probably what they’ll do.
Conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt is preparing for this possibility by putting candidates on the record regarding their willingness to end the filibuster. Jeb Bush — in keeping with his plan to run his primary campaign like it’s a general election — at first deflected the question, insisting his focus was on developing the long-awaited Republican health-care-reform plan. But when pressed by Hewitt, he conceded, “I would certainly consider that.” Scott Walker — in keeping with his plan to run a primary campaign as though he were sitting atop a throne of his enemies’ skulls — eagerly volunteered, “Yes. Absolutely.” As the Republican primary goes on, conservative activists are likely to extract promises along these lines from all the major candidates.
But don’t worry- I’m sure they will have a replacement in the works. What the hell is wrong with the Chamber of Commerce that they keep funding these lunatics?