Filibusters

  • Aired:  07/16/13
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Harry Reid threatens to employ the "nuclear option" on filibuster reform, but Mitch McConnell isn't going down without a fight. (5:40)

THAT ACTUALLY MAKES SENSE.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

ON TO OUR TOP STORY.

OUR TOP STORY FOR THE NIGHT.

REMEMBER LAST MONTH, TEXAS STATE

SENATOR WENDY DAVIS STOOD FOR

TEN HOURS IN PINK SNEAKERS TO

PROTEST HER STATE'S PROPOSED

ABORTION RESTRICTIONS.

VERY DRAMATIC.

VERY DRAMATIC.

VERY INSPIRING.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

OF COURSE, IN THE END IT WAS FOR

NOTHING SINCE THE LAW PASSED A

FEW DAYS AGO, SWEEPING AWAY HER

HERCULEAN EFFORT LIKE A TUMBLE

WEED TURNED ABANDONED ABORTION

CLINIC.

BUT WHAT IT DID DO WAS FOCUS

EVERYONE'S ATTENTION ON ONE OF

OUR DEMOCRACY'S QUIRKIEST

FEATURES, THE PHILADELPHIA PHILADELPHIA

FILIBUSTER WHICH AT THE FEDERAL

LEVEL IS MORE POPULAR THAN EVER.

>> UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA THERE

HAVE BEEN 16 FILIBUSTERS ON HIS

NOMINATIONS OF HIS OWN TEAM,

CABINET SECRETARIES VERSUS 20 IN

THE ENTIRE HISTORY BEFORE.

>> ZERO FOR EISENHOWER TO FORD.

CARTER AND REAGAN HAD TWO EACH

ON EXECUTIVE NOMINEES.

WHEN YOU LOOK AT PRESIDENT

OBAMA, YOU MADE THIS POINT, 16

FOR HIS FIRST TERM.

28 PROJECTEDDED THIS TERM.

>> John: WOW.

SO NEARLY HALF OF ALL EXECUTIVE

NOMINEE FILIBUSTERS EVER HAVE

BEEN TO BLOCK OBAMA APPOINTEES.

I'VE GOT TO SAY WHEN THEY TOLD

US THAT THIS WAS GOING TO BE AN

HISTORIC PRESIDENCY, I DON'T

THINK THIS WAS REALLY WHAT

EVERYONE HAD IN MIND.

NOW, THERE ARE TWO REASONS FOR

THIS.

ONE, CONGRESS' ENATE

DICKISHNESS.

YOU CAN'T EACH THAT.

TWO UNDER OPPORTUNITY RULES ALL

YOU NEED TO DO TO FILIBUSTER IS

SAYING, "I'M GOING TO

FILIBUSTER."

YOU DON'T HAVE TO STAND THERE

FOR 15 HOURS, HOLD YOUR PEE,

READ THE PHONE BOOK.

IT'S LIKE A GOLFER STANDING AT A

TEE AND TURNING TO HIS CADDY AND

SAYING I PLAN TO HIT A HOLE IN

ONE.

WHY DON'T YOU JUST PUT ME DOWN

FOR A ONE.

IF YOU NEED ME, I'LL BE IN BAR

HIGH FIVING.

NOW THIS CURRENT RIDICULOUS

SITUATION HAS PROVEN A LITTLE

TOO MUCH FOR SOME PEOPLE.

>> SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE

PREPARING TO CHANGE FILIBUSTER,

INVOKING THE SO-CALLED NUCLEAR

OPTION.

>> John: NO, NO, NOT THE NUCLEAR

OPTION.

EVERYBODY, DUCK AND COVER.

>> INVOKING THE SO MUCH CALLED

NUCLEAR OPTION TO CHANGE SENATE

RULES SO THAT ONLY A SIMPLE

MAJORITY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO

CONFIRM NOMINEES FOR FEDERAL

AGENCIES' CABINET APPOINTMENTS.

>> John: HOLD ON, HOLD ON.

SO IN THIS CONTEXT, THE NUCLEAR

OPTION IS JUST A SIMPLE CHANGE

IN PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE.

THAT IS THE WORLD'S WORST JERRY

BRUCKHEIMER MOVIE.

HEY, I'VE COME HERE TO CHEW

BUBBLE GUM AND TO CONFIRM SUB

CABINET LEVEL NOMINEES.

GUESS WHAT?

I'M ALL OUT OF BUBBLE GUM.

(LAUGHING) DID THAT LOOK AS

UNCOOL AS IT FELT?

BUT I'LL TELL YOU THAT IT IS A

YES.

IF THEY'RE CALLING IT A NUCLEAR

OPTION, THEY MUST BE TAKING THIS

PRETTY SERIOUSLY.

SENATE LEADER HARRY REID, CAN

YOU EXPLAIN WHY THIS MIGHT BE

NECESSARY PERHAPS WITH A BRIEF

ANALOGY.

>> DAVEY JOHNSON IS A MANAGER OF

THE NATIONAL METS, THE TEAM

WE'RE SO HAPPY TO HAVE HERE IN

WASHINGTON.

HE'S HERE AS MANAGER.

NOW IMAGINE THE FRONT OFFICE OF

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL CALLING UP

DAVEY JOHNSON AROUND THE FIRST

OF APRIL AND SAID, DAVEY, I KNOW

THAT... I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, YOU

CAN PLAY HIM AS SOON AS THE ALL

STAR BREAK IS OVER.

MR. PRESIDENT, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN

THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT REPUBLICANS

ARE SAYING TO PRESIDENT OBAMA.

YOU CAN'T HAVE YOUR TEAM UNTIL

WE TELL YOU EVERYTHING IS JUST

FINE.

IT'S GOING TO TAKE US A LONG

TIME FOR US TO TELL YOU THAT.

>> John: YOU KNOW, IT USED TO BE

THAT WHEN PEOPLE WANTED TO DELAY

AN ORGASM, THEY WOULD THINK OF

BASEBALL.

BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT YOU HAVE A

MUCH BETTER OPTION.

YOU CAN THINK ABOUT HARRY REID

TALKING' BASEBALL.

... TALKING ABOUT BASEBALL.

THAT WON'T JUST DELAY YOUR

ORGASM, YOU WILL NEVER HAVE AN

ORGASM EVER AGAIN.

IT'S THE WORLD'S MOST BORING MAN

IN THE WORLD'S MOST BORING PLACE

DISCUSSING THE WORLD'S MOST

BORING SPORT.

IT'S LIKE AN AMBIEN STUFFED

INSIDE A LUNESTA COVERED BY A

BOTTLE OF NIQUIL.

IT'S A SNORE-DUCKEN, IF YOU

WILL.

NOW, THIS IS ACTUALLY A DANCE AS

OLD AS TIME BECAUSE THE MAJORITY

PARTY WANTS TO GET RID OF THE

FILIBUSTER WHEREAS THE OTHER

PARTY -- LET'S CALL THEM THE

MINORITY -- FIGHTS THEM TOOTH

AND NAIL WHICH MEANS HARRY REID

AND THE SENIOR SENATORS FROM

KENTUCKY ARE ABOUT TO ENGAGE

INTO AN ULTIMATE AGE FIGHTING.

>> THIS ISN'T A POWER GRAB.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT A POWER GRAB

LOOKS LIKE.

>> NO MATTER HOW OFTEN MY FRIEND

RUDELY TALKS ABOUT ME NOT

BREAKING MY WORD, I'M NOT GOING

TO RESPOND TALKING ABOUT HOW

MANY TIMES HE'S BROKEN HIS WORD.

>> WE DON'T PULL BACK FROM THE

BRINK HERE, MY FRIEND THE

MAJORITY LEADER IS GOING TO BE

REMEMBERED AS THE WORST LEADER

OF THE SENATE EVER.

>> John: OWE, THE WORST EVER.

McCONNELL HAS REED ON THE

ROPES.

FINISH HIM.

>> SENATOR McCONNELL'S

CAMPAIGN TWEETED OUT THIS NET

OWE OF A TOMBSTONE WITH THE LINE

"IF REED CHANGES THE RULES TO

KILL THE FILIBUSTER, KILL THE

SENATE WILL BE ON HIS

TOMBSTONE."

>> John: McCONNELL WINS.

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