Chuck Schumer is once again threatening to hold a vote on dismantling the filibuster, otherwise known as the nuclear option, even though he doesn’t have enough votes to do it and he once said this action would be a “doomsday for democracy”:
NY POST – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asserted Monday that he will force a vote on a measure to change the upper chamber’s rules by Jan. 17 in order to pass a sweeping election reform bill — a gambit that is certain to fail due to opposition by moderate Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to making such changes along party lines.
The announcement in a letter to colleagues marked Schumer’s strongest call yet to change the 60-vote legislative filibuster rule in order to ease the path for Democrats to force through the massive legislation.
Schumer linked his calls for the Senate to overhaul the rules to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, when supporters of former President Donald Trump breached the building in an attempt to derail the certification of the 2020 election.
Schumer also cited election law changes in states like Texas and Georgia while laying out his case to change the Senate rules in a so-called “Dear Colleague” note.
This is nothing but an empty threat so Democrats can stomp their feet harder in an election year. Neither Manchin nor Sinema will go for this and would take both of them to go nuclear.
Here is Chucky decrying the nuclear option in 2005, saying that dismantling the filibuster would mean a ‘rubber stamp of dictatorship’ and a ‘doomsday for democracy’:
Of course Chucky didn’t really mean that. No, he only meant that for ‘Republicans’ who were in power in 2005. Now that Democrats are in power and can’t get the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster, he’s ready to throw all of that out the window so that his party can have the “rubber stamp of dictatorship”.
If it weren’t for double standards, Democrats like Chuck wouldn’t have any standards at all.