My how things change when your party is in power; a report states that Democrats may be seeking to eliminate the filibuster rule from the Senate so they can push through some more of their more radical agenda. Let’s recall what some prominent Democrats have said about the filibuster rule when the GOP was in control:

Barack Obama

What [The American People] do not expect is for one party, be it Republican or Democrat, to change the rules in the middle of the game so they can make all decisions while the other party is told to sit down and keep quiet.

Like all Obama promises and statements, this comes with an expiration date.

Joe Biden

I pray to God that when the Democrats take back control, we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing

There are several other quotes by Democrats who say essentially the same thing.

The big question here is whether the Democrats can or should do this. From a legal viewpoint Senate rules require 2/3 vote to change any Senate rules. However, the Senate can change existing procedures that are deemed unconstitutional by 50 senators and if the President of the Senate (Joe Biden) agree. Would the courts jump in to stop the Democrats if they decided to proceed with this farce? Doubtful, there is a long standing doctrine called the Political Question Doctrine which basically states that the SCOTUS will not rule on political issues like rule disputes in other branches of the government.

The more important question is should the Democrats do this? Obviously if you are a Republican they shouldn’t, but if you are a Democrat you should probably be against this too, and here’s why. At some point the Republicans will control the Senate again. If you eliminate the filibuster rule, guess how many votes it would take to overturn all of Obamacare? Yep, 51. While they were at it they could eliminate the IRS, the Department of Education and Social Security, sounds like a good idea to me. Anyone for a game of Global thermonuclear war?