Instead of nominating qualified members other than the ones he had already been rebuked in federal court for attempting to install illegally, Obama chose to renominate his illegal appointees and deliberately provoke confrontation. Reid is happily playing along, even to the point of nuclear escalation -- even though it means, as he described it as recently as 2008, the Senate as the Founders designed it would cease to exist.
All it takes to stop the nuclear option is five Democrats willing to stand up to Reid's power grab. Just five willing to see past the next election to the certainty that someday Democrats will be back in the minority. Just five willing to consider that a Republican president may someday propose nominees they'd like to filibuster. Just five who want the Senate to remain the Senate.
It was once written: "There will come a time when we will all be done, and the institutions will either function well because we've taken care with them, or they will be in disarray and someone else's problem to solve." That's from Harry Reid's 2009 book. In the chapter on stopping the nuclear option.
Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a columnist on Fox News Opinion, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.
American Commitment is dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.
Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Kerpen to their "Guest List" in 2008 and The Hill newspaper named Mr. Kerpen a "Top Grassroots Lobbyist" in 2011.
Mr. Kerpen's op-eds have run in newspapers across the country and he is a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.
Prior to joining American Commitment, Mr. Kerpen served as vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity. Mr. Kerpen has also previously worked as an analyst and researcher for the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Kerpen currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their daughter Lilly.