In 2013, Senate Democrats, led by (thankfully now retired) Harry Reid employed the so-called “Nuclear Option” to force President Obama’s radical and extreme nominees through confirmation over the objections of Republicans. The change was so significant that Reid and his leadership team held a victory party with liberal activists afterward in a room just off the Senate floor. Warned that making such a change could have grave consequences in the future, Reid replied;
“I really do believe that I have set the Senate so when I leave, we’re going to be able to get judges done with a majority. It takes only a simple majority anymore. And, it’s clear to me that if the Republicans try to filibuster another circuit court judge, but especially a Supreme Court justice, I’ve told ’em how and I’ve done it, not just talking about it. I did it in changing the rules of the Senate. It’ll have to be done again… They mess with the Supreme Court, it’ll be changed just like that in my opinion,” Reid said, snapping his fingers together. “So I’ve set that up. I feel very comfortable with that.”
As a way of illustrating the self-made debacle, this perfect take from A.F. Branco is an arresting and humorous visual of the Senate nuclear option blowing up in the faces of Senate Democrats. They are reaping what they have sown.