Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pronounced himself open to the use of reconciliation (a.k.a. the nuclear option) to resurrect the public option. Through his spokeman he issued the following statement:
If a decision is made to use reconciliation to advance health care, Senator Reid will work with the White House, the House, and members of his caucus in an effort to craft a public option that can overcome procedural obstacles and secure enough votes.
The “procedural obstacle” that Reid will work to “overcome” is the filibuster. Reconciliation only requires 51 votes rather than the 60 required to break a GOP filibuster deployed against a bill with a public option.
Reid’s willingness to bypass the filibuster with this kind of procedural skulduggery reveals him, yet again, to be a total hypocrite. When his party was in the minority, he claimed the filibuster was sacrosanct:
[ht Naked Emperor News]