WSJ's Stephen Moore: Filibuster Change a 'Shameless Power Grab'

Friday, 22 Nov 2013 07:11 PM

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's embrace of the "nuclear option," which gives Senate Democrats sweeping new power, "is one of the most shameless power grabs I've seen in Washington in 25 years," says Stephen Moore, of the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

"We are not a majority-rules country, the ingeniousness of our Constitution is that it protects the rights of minorities," Moore told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Just because you have four votes and I have three doesn't mean you can run roughshod over me, and yet that is what has happened here," he said Friday.

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Moore says Reid's move, which changed the rules on filibusters, "basically says . . . we have more votes than you do, so we can just do whatever we want to. We can run roughshod over 100 years of tradition in the Senate."

It will likely have a negative effect on the economy, Moore says.

"Now you're going to get these left-wing judges . . . packed into the courts, [and a] lot of these major decisions that do affect the economy with respect to environmental regulations, tax laws, Obamacare — these are now going to be adjudicated by left-wing Obama judges," he said.

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"These regulatory agencies that are now going to be stocked with liberal, left-wing, pro-regulation Obama appointees with 51 votes in the Senate, that could do serious, serious damage to our economy over the next three years."

Moore said there is "hypocrisy on both sides of the aisle here. I want to be very clear on this. Back in 2005, the Republicans tried to get rid of the filibuster so they could get through Bush appointees."

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