Are we being sold out by politicians?
You might have heard that Senate Republicans “saved” the filibuster yesterday.
But thanks to a reported backroom deal between John McCain and Harry Reid, the filibuster wound up effectively being a dead letter against the nominations in question.
As I’ve told you, Harry Reid was threatening to gut the filibuster — and was even threatening to break the Senate rules to do it.
But Reid didn’t even have to follow through on this threat to get everything he wanted and then some.
Reid is now pretending he gave something up by withdrawing two of Barack Obama’s nominees to the National Labor Relations Board — Obama’s two bogus “recess” appointees who have continued to issue decisions even after a federal court ruled their appointments were unconstitutional.
You see, John McCain promised Harry Reid that Senate Republicans would agree to ANY new NLRB nominees, no questions asked.
Not only that, as part of the “deal” Republicans promised to expedite the confirmation process.
And just hours after McCain and Reid cut the deal behind closed doors, Barack Obama had his own secret meeting with top AFL-CIO union boss Richard Trumka.
Obama has already announced Big Labor’s new hand-picked nominees, both career union lawyers.
The fact is, Harry Reid is facing no price for his outrageous threat to break the Senate rules and gut the filibuster.
And because John McCain put together a preemptive surrender on the new nominees, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and Richard Trumka are going to get exactly what they want: A biased National Labor Relations Board that will continue to run roughshod over worker freedom.
What John McCain is ignoring is that the filibuster isn’t just about the rights of the minority party in the Senate.
It’s about you, the American people.
So the question is not whether or not the union bosses and Harry Reid, with the help of Senator McCain, won — they did.
The question going forward is whether you and I on future executive branch and judicial nominations can inject some backbone into the Senate Republican Minority.
It’s an open question, but it’s clear we must try.