Power, power, power, grab, grab, grab,
See for yourself:
President Obama, openly expressing his frustration with Senate Republicans, applauded Majority Leader Harry Reid’s success Thursday at invoking the so-called “nuclear option” as Democrats voted to strip the minority party of its primary power to block nominations — the filibuster.
Obama, even invoking former President Bush, said it’s critical to “change the way that Washington is doing business.”
But Republicans and even some Democrats warned that the Senate may have just opened a Pandora’s box — and with little debate, approved a change that could haunt the chamber for years to come.
“This was nothing more than a power grab,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
In a rapid-fire set of developments on Thursday, the Senate narrowly approved a rule change that would limit the ability of the minority party to block key presidential appointments. Instead of needing 60 votes to break a filibuster, Democrats will now need only 51.