GOP Senators threaten that using reconciliation to pass health care reform, or student loan reform, would be the end of the Senate as we know it.
Lindsay Graham, in Politico (sorry, no link):
“Many Republicans who were ready to pull the trigger on the nuclear option on judges are now glad they didn’t,” Graham said. “This place would have ceased to function as we know it. If they do health care through reconciliation, it will be the same consequence.
"To go to the 51 votes, instead of this traditional 60 in the United States Senate, will have cataclysmic effects."
John Thune promises flying fur:
"If they go down that road, I think the fur is going to fly," Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairman John Thune (S.D.) said. "I suspect that there is going to be an awful lot of resistance, and we will exercise our prerogatives so that the rules of the Senate are respected."
Judd Gregg (who you’ll note is identified in the approved Village manner as Obama’s first choice as Commerce Secretary in this WaPo segment):
“That would be the Chicago approach to governing: Strong-arm it through,” said Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), who briefly considered joining the Obama administration as commerce secretary. “You’re talking about the exact opposite of bipartisan. You’re talking about running over the minority, putting them in cement and throwing them in the Chicago River
All this dire Senate dysfunction! Imagine the United States Senate thrown off its smoothly running processes! Just think, the Senate might actually pass something!
These superannuated, pampered snotwaggles are so out-of-touch, they think their empty threat that the Senate as we know it would end is a BAD thing. For the American people, that is an outcome devoutly to be wished.
In fact, that’s the point, you mooks.