So Harry Reid is calling on President-elect Trump to rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon as chief strategist to his future administration.
The Nevada Democrat listed off a number of hate crimes that have taken place since last Tuesday's election and accused the president-elect of choosing a "champion of white supremacists" to have the most powerful position in Trump's administration.
Bannon's appointment as "chief strategist and senior counselor" sparked outrage among Democrats and left some Republicans struggling to defend the decision to give the former head of Breitbart News a top post in the new White House. The site has been a hub for the "alt-right" movement that has been associated with white nationalism and anti-Semitism.
"If Trump is serious about seeking unity, the first thing he should do is rescind his appointment of Steve Bannon...As long as a champion of racial division is a step away from the Oval Office it will be impossible to take Trump's efforts to heal the nation seriously," Reid said.
There's more at the link.
Er . . . Harry, old chap . . . remember this?
November 21, 2013 -- Senate Democrats eased the way for swift approval of President Barack Obama's current and future nominees on Thursday, voting unilaterally to overturn decades of Senate precedent and undermine Republicans' ability to block final votes.
The 52-48 vote to undercut venerable filibuster rules on presidential appointees capped more than a decade of struggle in which presidents of both parties complained about delays in confirming appointees, particularly to the federal courts.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who launched the move, accused Republicans of "unbelievable, unprecedented obstruction" of Obama's selections to fill court vacancies and other offices.
"It's time to change the Senate, before this institution becomes obsolete," he said.
His Republican counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, accused Democrats of exercising raw power and said they would regret it when political fortunes switched.
Again, more at the link.
Harry, Harry, Harry . . . when you ride roughshod over more than a century of precedent to impose your will on political opponents, why are you surprised when they return the favor? I sincerely hope Mr. Trump sticks to his guns (and Mr. Bannon), and that the Republicans in the Senate abolish the filibuster completely. It's not a statutory provision, after all, and I can find no constitutional grounds for its existence. Get rid of it, clear the backlog of appointees to Federal office, and in future let the majority party do its thing. That's called 'democracy'.