Obama, Reid Both Used to Oppose Filibuster Changes

Until it kept them from getting what they wanted


But as with so many other issues, Harry Reid and President Obama's were against the nuclear option before they were for it.

In 2005, Harry Reid posted a statement (since scrubbed) on his website invoking the founding father's vision of limited government and checks and balances that was captured by RealClearPolitics. Of the nuclear option, Reid said in part,

"But now, in order to break down the separation of powers and ram through their appointees to the judicial branch, President Bush and the Republican leadership want to eliminate a two-hundred-year-old American rule saying that every member of the Senate can rise to say their piece and speak on behalf of the people that sent them here."