WASHINGTON -- The Senate could go nuclear as soon as Thursday morning, according to three Democratic Senate sources close to the decision.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is prepared to change Senate rules that currently require 60 votes to break a filibuster by invoking cloture. Under Reid's new rules, only a simple majority would be required for all executive and judicial nominees other than those to the Supreme Court.
It's still not clear if Reid has the 51 votes to make the change, but it certainly looks close. There are 55 Democrats in total, which means Reid can lose up to four. HuffPost tracked down a number of Democrats on Tuesday to see who remains opposed to making the change, and only one, Levin, definitively said no. A couple of others, Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), avoided the question.
Maybe they can make a rule that only Democrats can get by with a simple majority.
The Republicans broke the Senate.
They own the consequences.
I don't think Harry Reid had any other choice (other then accept that the Senate can no longer get anything done).
There is no choice if the Senate ever hopes to overcome obstructionism designed to keep Democrats from accomplishing anything. Right now the Senate is dead in the water.
Exactly how many of Bush's nominees did the Dems block?
It's quite likely that the Democratic Party will take the house and strengthen their hold on the Senate.
And the odds of the Republicans taking the White House in 2016 are very high.
In what bizarro world do you live in Woiyo?