I’ve sort of been following this story about the Senate trying to revamp the filibuster rules so that President Obama could actually get the people he wants to work for him get confirmed to their jobs. (I have never really understood why some jobs in the Executive Branch require Senate confirmation, but that’s another discussion.) Given Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s reputation as a pitbull for the Democrats (oh, wait), it’s interesting to see what the Republicans are offering as what they think is a reasonable compromise.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said he and Republicans are trying to strike a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to avoid his threat of triggering the “nuclear option” and would either allow up-or-down votes on seven contentious nominees or at least find “replacements” for those nominees, Politico reports.
So John McCain’s suggestion is that the Republicans appoint the people. Hey, that would be a great idea if we had a Republican president. But dang it, the people went and elected a Democrat.
Charlie Pierce chimes in:
I really didn’t think his image of himself as a mavericky bipartisan Man Of Steel could get more comical, but this is just embarrassing. You’re not a leader, John. The flying monkeys think you’re a RINO and a loser. The young hot-shoes in the Senate think you might as well be dead. If it weren’t for the bookers on The Sunday Showz, you’d have all the political influence of a hat rack. No, John, nobody in the administration is going to let you play president for a day and staff the NLRB. I’m surprised he hasn’t broken ground for his library yet.