"Welcome back to filibuster city.
The Senate’s agreement to approve President Barack Obama’s nominees and avoid the “nuclear option” will expire later this week after senators are expected to vote in two new members to the National Labor Relations Board. That’s the last part of the deal that expedited seven of Obama’s picks, with the president agreeing to choose two NLRB nominees to satisfy Republicans.
But there’s already a queue forming of new Obama nominees, and Republicans aren’t about to lay down and let this group go through."
Here comes the Republican obstruction of the Senate, from John McCain, Rand Paul, and several others.
"The implication that somehow now Republicans are just going to roll over on these nominations is very wrong,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, a member of GOP leadership.
“If we’ve got members who raise red flags about particular nominees, yeah, the rest of us pay pretty close attention to that,” he added.
Both sides agree there was no handshake agreement to clear the path for future executive branch nominees"
That's right- the Republicans had their fingers crossed behind their backs when they made their agreement to stop misusing Senate rules to force their decisions on the majority of the country.
And Harry Reid fell for it, hook, line and sinker. What's more, the entire National press (including most of the left-leaning blogs I read) have crowed for days about what a smashing victory Reid won- giving up the momentum to stop a problem that has damaged the government for years in order to get three or four nominees through the Senate, leaving a backlog of hundreds. And here we are again, right back where we started. Just how much stupidity (or complicity, if you are a little more cynical) does it take to think at this point that the Republicans will fairly honor any agreement they make? And of course, I'm not just talking about Harry Reid here, but our perpetual Pollyanna President too, who can be kicked in the face by Republicans every single day for five years, and not figure out that they are his enemies.