After Reid's nuclear option, a GOP senate will have no excuse not to repeal ObamaCare etc

Conservatives no longer need worry about holding 60 senate seats after the 2012 election to save America.

The Democrats have paved the way for easy repeal of ObamaCare and major reductions in the size of government by breaking decades of precedent and changing the rules by majority vote.

There can be no more excuses for moderates to be moderate. The cooling saucer is no more and given the desperate times we live in, that’s a good thing.

In a shocking development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules.

Reid and 50 members of his caucus voted to change Senate rules unilaterally to prevent Republicans from forcing votes on uncomfortable amendments after the chamber has voted to move to final passage of a bill.

Reid’s coup passed by a vote of 51-48, leaving Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fuming.

The surprise move stunned Republicans, who did not expect Reid to bring heavy artillery to what had been a humdrum knife fight over amendments to China currency legislation.

It feels like Christmas in October to this victim of Great Depression II after decades of watching America slouch towards Gomorrah, thanks to the dominance of the Democratic Party that periodically gained super-majorities to move the U.S. closer to European socialism.

The GOP has never held a filibuster-proof majority since the progressive era and now won’t have to in order to roll back the disaster of Big Government. The only question now is how many real conservatives populate the Republican Party, as it will take much less courage now to effect real conservative change.

I just hope simple majorities will have that courage because the state of the economy nearly ensures a major GOP victory on Election Day 2012. Or would senate worshiping conservatives have us change the rules back and handicap our side out of some misguided loyalty to a tradition that isn’t even in the Constitution? God forbid.

Some conservatives have taken a middle position that insisted that the Democrats be the ones that change the rules in this way and that then we could take advantage of same after the fact. I was not one of those. I have long favored ending the filibuster except for those super-majority requirements in the Constitution. But it is now “after the fact” for those that have held the middle position.

Thank you Harry Reid.

Mike DeVine

Editor – Hillbilly Politics

Co-Founder and Editor – Political Daily

Atlanta Law & Politics columnist –  Examiner.com

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

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