Traditionally, the Senate has required 60 votes to end debate and, traditionally, the majority party dislikes that requirement while the minority cherishes it. Here we flash back to 2005 when Sen. Obama and his Democratic colleagues were defending the 60-vote supermajority requirement:
"What I worry would be be ... simply majoritarian absolute power ... and that is just not what the founders intended." —Sen. Obama
"That's a bridge too far" —Sen Clinton
"We are on the precipice of a crisis, a con crisis, the checks and balances which have been at the core of this republic are about to be evaporated by the nuclear option." —Sen. Schumer
"The right to extend the debate is never more important than one party controls Congress and the White House." —Sen Reid
"The nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power." --Sen. Biden
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