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Reid's rules: Politics before principle
When they were in the minority eight years ago, Senate Democrats vigorously defended this rule. "The filibuster is the last check we have against the abuse of power in Washington," said Sen. Harry Reid.
In both 2005 and 2013, the fight was over judicial nominations. We think judicial nominees ought to have a vote, generally speaking. But to change the Senate rules as Reid did - with a declaration that the rules were changed, followed by a simple majority vote to confirm the declaration, in violation of current rules - is to put an end to all rules.
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