Democrats are playing for keeps in 2020.
Leaders on the left are making it clear that if they win power, the country will change forever into something few Americans recognize.
And Barack Obama gave Chuck Schumer one order that is about to backfire in a major way.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Democrats in a floor speech this week for threatening to scrap the legislative filibuster which requires a 60 vote supermajority to end debate.
“This threat to permanently disfigure, to disfigure the Senate, has been the latest growing drumbeat in the modern Democratic Party’s war against our governing institutions,” McConnell stated.
“Today’s Democrats have lost patience with playing by the rules and want to wage war on the rulebook itself,” McConnell added.
McConnell was responding to reports that former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was assembling an all-star coalition of left-wing special interests to pressure Democrats to nuke the filibuster if they win back the majority in the Senate this November.
What really got the ball rolling on this push was a demand from former President Barack Obama at John Lewis’ funeral that Democrats enact laws that open the door to massive voter fraud.
“And if all this takes eliminating the filibuster – another Jim Crow relic – in order to secure the God-given rights of every American, then that’s what we should do,” Obama roared.
Democrats quickly picked up on this cue.
Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir pledged revenge on any Democrat that opposed scrapping the filibuster in their next primary.
“There will be no forgiving from Democratic voters if they give you the opportunity to act and you fail and blame it on procedural snafus that no one understands,” Shakir stated.
Other left-wing activists were more specific.
Left-wing radical Ady Barkan stated that Chuck Schumer would lose his primary in 2022 if he does not invoke the nuclear option and eliminate the filibuster.
“This is a prediction, not a threat: I think that if Chuck Schumer doesn’t end the filibuster and pass a transformative agenda in 2021, he will lose his primary election in 2022,” Barkan predicted.
There are rumors that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may challenge Schumer in the primary.
If Schumer does not gut the filibuster, leading Democrats are making it clear Schumer will lose this race.
But Democrats could come to rue this day if they eliminate the filibuster.
In 2013, Harry Reid stripped away the filibuster for executive branch and lower court nominations.
Democrats celebrated a short-term victory but it came back to bite them in the long run.
Harry Reid’s 2013 rule changes allowed Donald Trump and Senate Republicans to confirm a record number of judges.
If Democrats eliminate the legislative filibuster, the next time Republicans take power they can pass a National Right to Work Act, a Life at Conception Act, and Audit the Fed.
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