November 22nd, 2013
07:14 PM ET
7 years ago

And credit for the nuclear option goes to...

Washington (CNN) - What was known as the nuclear option yesterday is known as the Reid Rule today. Time will only tell if the Reid Rule is productive or destructive. But we'll leave that to the historians.

As for how it became the Reid rule, it took a coordinated and sustained effort from an unlikely place - progressive activists on the blogosphere.


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  1. Winston Smith

    Pictured Above: Three people not qualified to say president Kennedy's name. Yet they hold office. What a farce.

    November 22, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This was LONG, LONG overdue. The GOP is reaping what it sowed.

    November 22, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Thomas

    When you have politicians , Jr Senators such as Ted Cruz and Randy Paul whom are narcissists , whom don't understand how to govern , whom only obstruct and grandstand for there own self centered agenda .

    We need a functional government , we need laws and legislators who understand the importance of innovation , vision , and the power to carry that out .

    When a Jr. Senator shuts down the government , reads me Green Eggs and Ham , cry's wolf , tells me the sky is falling . I feel like i'm in the swimming pool of the Costa Concordia .

    Thank you Harry Reid , I feel safer already !
    And so do the markets, DowJ 16,064.77

    November 22, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. ladies first

    where is this Reid Bill leading us as a nation to?

    November 22, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. rs

    It is called the "nuclear option" for a reason, but saying that the Republican's senseless obstructionism simply had to start. They were well not their way to 500 filibusters- several time more than ever deployed across the rest of American history.
    Their idiotic destruction of American governmental operation simply needs checked.

    November 23, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  6. Marie MD

    All I can say it's about time.
    You can't run a government when the minority rules. This minority is a toxic cancer to the country.

    November 23, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    It should have been named the Obama Rule, as he ordered it to be put into place.

    November 23, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    McConnell and the obstructionists in the senate have been sitting on nominations for years. Mitch, thinking he could further obstruct Obama by not allowing the 3 appointments to the court, forced Reid to go with the majority for approval. The genius of McConnell forcing this, now means that Obama can fill the other 93 judicial openings. Mitch may be rich, but he is not very bright.

    November 23, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  9. CB FL

    What is Ms Graham going to do now that he cannot block everything coming to the floor. Now these people have to vote so we can see where they stand.

    November 23, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. Evergreen

    I give the GOP credit for the rule change. They abused the filibuster to the point where it lost its original intent. It was just one more step on their march to breaking our system of governance.

    November 23, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Bill from GA

    It wouldn't surprise me if on day a memo turns up showing that the repubs wanted the change all along. That they pushed the dems to it deliberately by blocking so many appointments, knowing that they would one day get to use that same power themselves, and could blame Harry Reid.

    Alternately, I could say: We all know that since the repubs oppose the change so much, of course, if they ever get the votes ,they will certainly change the rules back. Sure they will.

    November 23, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. Thomas

    @Rick McDaniel
    It should have been named the Obama Rule, as he ordered it to be put into place.


    Have you eating your Green Eggs and Ham today ?

    November 23, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. Stuffit

    Great name for an obomanation. Reid will hear it invoke many times when he becomes the minoriy leader. He already has become that according to the polls.

    November 23, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Tom1940

    Harry sitting on the "back bench" post 2014 election time (Jan 5th, 2015), may reflect differently on exercising the Nuclear Option against the Republican Minority. Having breached the barrier – there's nothing stopping the Republicans from doing the same thing – this time, expanding the rules to all matters, therefore completely rendering the Dem's toothless and powerless legislatively to enact or stop anything. Just desserts I would think.

    November 23, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. Tony in Maine

    ...and the threat of retaliation to completely eliminate the filibuster by the very childish McConnell who thinks he will be majority leader soon – great idea. Let the majority rule. Obstructing even routine bills just to make President Obama look bad is called the tyranny of the minority. Tyranny is never good Mitch.

    November 23, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. wendel

    good job Harry. For an old guy ya got guts. No more being held hostage by the minority. Repos tried to change this when they held the Senate now they cry fowl. What a joke they are. This was the only group that over uses the filibuster. Ted and Rand can go shove it.

    November 23, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. CB FL

    I think I saw their is about 900 judges jobs to be filled. Now the GOP can start saying court packing. If they would have let a few of the appointments come up for a up or down vote Harry would not have done what he did. So you see the only people to blame is the GOP.

    November 23, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. don in albuquerque

    Like a five year old with a new toy-if you abuse it, or abuse others with it, it is taken away. Recognize any similarity GOTP?

    November 23, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    USA preach majority rule all over the world, but when it comes to its elective officers they redefine majority to be above 60% instead of above 50%.. LET MAJORITY RULE. All of these guys came into office by garnering majority of their respective elections; not by 60%.

    November 23, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. A True Conservative

    @Winston do realize that many of the conservative positions of today align very well with Kennedy's positions....right? But then, don't let facts ruin your opinion......

    November 23, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Larry in Houston

    LOL – – – The "Reed Rule" = or means that 'ole Harry & company is taking a big gamble....They must be figuring on a huge "win" in 2014......Don't know what's up their sleeve, but they got Obama on their side, that's for sure.....Those 3 guys in that photo better get on the horn to Adelson or Trump, or some others, because I've got a gut feeling that something doesn't smell thing for sure, November 2014 cannot come soon enough, and IF those guys in that photo wins, + all of their cronies, it's going to be "game over" for the Obama regime....LOL....Obama had better be planning on being a lame bird, till he ends up "pardoning" some people in December 2016.....(ie : O.J. & Blago) (Just Sayin)....LOL .....

    November 23, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. S. B. Stein

    If there was more real cooperation from the Republicans, then there wouldn't have been any need for this. If there was no problem with the candidate that was offered , then there shouldn't have been any blocking of the nominee.

    November 23, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  23. don in albuquerque

    Great pic. Moe, Larry, and Curly.

    November 24, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  24. Thomas

    @A True Conservative
    @Winston do realize that many of the conservative positions of today align very well with Kennedy's positions....right? But then, don't let facts ruin your opinion......


    You could say the same about Ronald Reagan , he would be considered a moderate compared to todays NeoTeaNutjobs such as Rick Perry , Ted Cruz or Randy Paul .

    November 24, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |