In an interview with The Associated Press last weekend, former Senate leader Harry Reid says if Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, Joe Biden should take “no more than three weeks” to test bipartisanship before ending the filibuster so Democrats can overcome what they call Republican obstruction and pass bills, according to Breitbart News.
“Biden — who wants always to get along with people — I understand that,” Reid said. “We should give the Republicans a little bit of time, to see if they’re going to work with him. But the time’s going to come when he’s going to have to move in and get rid of the filibuster.” Asked how long Biden should wait before changing the rules, Reid replied, “No more than three weeks.”
Reid said if Biden thinks he can cut bipartisan deals with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the GOP leader, as they did in earlier years, “more power to him.” But Reid warned that he knows McConnell better than any other Democratic and “Joe ought to be very careful.”
Reid suggested Democrats are unwilling to sit by and allow Republicans to potentially block their agenda: “We want to get something done,” he said, mentioning climate change and renewable energy investment as examples. “There’s so much more to do and we can’t do it if it takes 60 votes to get it done.”
Democrats resent bipartisanship. They’re totalitarians at heart and will make whatever changes to the rules — or to the Constitution itself — to empower themselves.