Harry Reid (D NV)

Millions of voters  across the country gave Democrats a majority in the Senate this past November.  They gave Democrats the power to fully govern the chamber. Democrats in the Senate were handed the ability to pass any bill they wanted and approve any nominee by President Obama they deem qualified.

Today the Senate Democratic caucus decided that is a duty they don’t really want. Instead of truly reforming the Senate rules, the Democrats decided to adopt only a temporary bipartisan package of minor rules changes that are so inconsequential they are not even worth describing in detail.

The important thing is that Senate Democrats chose to leave in place a 60 vote threshold for everything. Senate Democrats decided to give the Republican minority a veto over anything. The party that lost the election was handed control of the most core function of a legislative chamber. Senate Democrats took the power the voters gave them then quickly and decisively threw it away.

Every time Senate Republicans delay a vote, filibuster a bill, or stop the confirmation of a nominee it will happen because Democrats chose to abdicate their Constitutionally prescribed power.

Senate Democrats are so scared of being held responsible that they effectively decided they would prefer to continue playing a majority party on TV than actually be one in real life.

It is possible that there is another political caucus in the democratic world somewhere that is even so pathetic and cowardly that it would actually needlessly give up almost all of its governing power after winning an election, but I have never heard of one.