Dem Nukem

  • Aired:  11/21/13
  •  | Views: 84,868

Harry Reid bypasses the Senate's filibustering Republican minority by launching the "nuclear option." (3:58)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY

SHOW."

HEY --[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

-- MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE'VE GOT A GOOD SHOW FOR YOUTONIGHT.

MY GUEST THE LOVELY, THETALENTED JENNIFER LAWRENCE WILL

BE JOINING US.

WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]BUT REAL QUICK OFF THE TOP I

DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAPPENED TO BENEAR A TELEVISION SET TODAY --

[LAUGHTER]-- ALTHOUGH CLEARLY YOU ARE AT

ONE RIGHT NOW.

THAT WAS A STUPID OPENING,WASN'T IT?

[LAUGHTER]BUT YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD THE BIG

NEWS OUT OF THE SENATE.

>> HARRY REID IS POISED TO THELAUNCH THE NUCLEAR OPTION.

>> Jon: NOOOO!

NO, HARRY DON'T -- THERE'S STILLGOOD IN THIS WORLD.

[ LAUGHTER ]DON'T KILL US ALL.

[ LAUGHTER ]WHAT IS THE NUCLEAR OPTION, BY

THE WAY?

>> THE NUCLEAR OPTION MEANS THATIT WOULD ONLY TAKE 51 VOTES, A

SIMPLE MAJORITY TO GET --OVERCOME THIS FILIBUSTER THREAT.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: OOOOOOOH.

[ LAUGHTER ]SO DECIDING TO ALLOW MAJORITY

RULES TO INCREMENTALLYINCREASE GOVERNMENT EFFICIENCY

IS SO EXTREME IT'S THE NUCLEAR

OPTION. IT'S JUST LIKEHIROSHIMA OF VOTING.

HOW WILL MITCH McCONNELLCOUNTER?

>> MR. PRESIDENT, I MOVE TOADJOURN THE SENATE UNTIL

5:00 P.M.

AND ASK FOR THE YEAS AND NAYS.

>> Jon: HEY, EVERYBODY IS ITJUST ME OR DOES IT FEEL LIKE

QUITTIN TIME?

A-YEAH, LET'S ALL HEAD HOME ALITTLE EARLY TONIGHT.

A-YEAH.

[ LAUGHTER ]ACTUALLY SENATOR McCONNELL

TRIED TO MAKE A MORE SUBSTANTIVECASE AGAINST THIS FILIBUSTER

AMENDING.

>> I REALIZE THIS SORT OFWISHFUL THINKING MIGHT APPEAL TO

THE UNINITIATED NEWCOMERS IN THETHEDEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE THATTHE

SERVEDEXACTLY ZERO DAYS IN THE

MINORITY BUT THEREST OF THE GUYS IN

THE CONFERENCESHOULD KNOW BETTER.

THOSE OF YOU IN THE CONFERENCEBEFORE SHOULD KNOW BETTER.

>> Jon: MARK MY WORDS ONE DAYYOU DEMOCRATS WILL WANT TO

BE OBSTRUCTIONIST (bleep)MAKING A MOCKERY OF OUR SYSTEM

OF GOVERNMENT.

AND WHO WILL BE LAUGHING THEN?

TURTLEMAN.

[LAUGHTER]BUT THAT ARGUMENT FAILED AND

SOON THE SENATE DID THEUNTHINKABLE.

>> HISTORY MADE IN THE U.S.

SENATE.

JUST NOW THE SO-CALLED NUCLEAROPTION HAS PASSED.

>> Jon: AND LO THE NUCLEAROPTION CAME TO PASS AND THERE

WAS A BLIGHT UPON THIS LAND FORONCE JUDICIAL NOMINEES WOULD BE

CONFIRMED BY A SIMPLE MAJORITY,CHRISTMAS WAS ABRUPTLY CANCELED

AND BABIES WERE BORN KNOWING ALLTHE CURSE WORDS.

[ LAUGHTER ]GOO (bleep) THEY WOULD SAY.

[LAUGHTER]WAH, WAH (bleep).

Loading...