(Novak: Because the whole system (inaudible) you're not going to have -- like going to a concentration camp and picking out which people go to the death chamber. You're not going to let the Democrats do that, say, 'We're going to -- we're going to confirm this person, we're not going to confirm the other person.' )
After Harry Reid led the charge to change the filibuster rules, Rush Limbaugh went nuclear:
Democrats abruptly changed the Senate's balance of power by reducing from 60 to 51 the number of votes needed to end procedural roadblocks known as filibusters against all presidential nominees. Folks, this is part and parcel of why the Democrats are so hell-bent on winning the House in 2014. This -- winning the House would give them total authoritarian non-challengeable control over the US government. Quite literally, there would be no way to stop them. None whatsoever.
When the minority is Republicans, they don't even exist. And they're not due any respect, constitutional or otherwise. Constitutional or human. And so basically what this means, with a president like Obama, is there's no stopping -- he can nominate anybody for anything in the judiciary ... cabinet, whatever. There's no way he can be stopped. Democrats have made it plain they're not interested in democracy. And that really is what this means. Not interested in democracy at all. Total state-ist authoritarianism. And frankly, I'm being kind with that terminology.
Back in 2004-05, Limbaugh had a very different opinion on the nuclear option when he wanted the GOP to trigger it. Here's Rush's Bullet Points on Judicial Filibusters from Dec.24th, 2004.
Conservatives have been screaming bloody murder since Harry Reid was forced to change the Senate rules over judicial filibusters because of unprecedented Republican obstruction, but, oh, how they forget how they acted in May of 2005. The rank hypocrisy is down right disturbing. Here's a flashback to Robert Novak, appearing CNN's The Capitol Gang discussing the nuclear option in May, 2005:
Novak: Because the whole system (inaudible) you're not going to have -- like going to a concentration camp and picking out which people go to the death chamber. You're not going to let the Democrats do that, say, We're going to -- we're going to confirm this person, we're not going to confirm the other person. They're going to -- they're going to say that this is not the way we're going to do it. They've had all kinds of different offers of that kind.