Harry Reid’s Filibuster Legacy

from The Wall Street Journal,

Amy Coney Barrett seems headed for Senate confirmation after an impressive week of hearings, and Democrats in despair might want to consider the price of their procedural radicalism. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker summed up the Democratic mood at the Judiciary Committee on Thursday with his remark that “this goose is pretty much cooked.” The sous-chef was his own former Majority Leader, Harry Reid. Harry blew up the filibuster on judicial nominations in 2013 in order to confirm three liberals to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

That “raw exercise of partisan political power,” as GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander called it at the time, exempted Supreme Court nominees. But the departure from norms set the precedent to confirm Justices with 51 votes. “You’ll regret this,” then Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned, “and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think.”

Democrats are paying a dear price for their procedural radicalism.

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