The extreme polarization of American politics in America today has been blamed on many things. Democrat politicians blame it on a "racist" President Trump and say they are just trying to protect fairness and justice for all, but particularly for illegal immigrants. Such brainlessness need not detain us however. Their constant shrieks of blame are just a poor mask for their complete absence of constructive and realistic policy.
But it's not so long ago that there was a degree of bipartisanship in America. Ronald Reagan, for instance, got his remarkable reforms through a Democrat-dominated Congress. And bipartisanship was valued. It was so valued that it was entrenched in the rules of the Senate. The filibuster rule meant that a President's nominees to the courts had to muster 60 senate votes to pass as distinct from a simple majority of 50. So judges had to be pretty centrist -- however that was conceived at the time. Basically, both sides of politics had to agree to a significant extent in order to get anything done.
But impatience is at the very heart of Leftism -- An impatience with the world as it is and an urgency to change it. And in 2013 the Democrat leader of the Senate, Harry Reid, pushed through a vote to abolish the filibuster in order to get some of Obama's appeal court nominees through -- over the top of Republican opposition. Obama nominated extremist judges who had no respect for the law and thus made bipartisanship impossible.
Harry acknowledge that he was loading the gun with ammunition that future Republican majorities might use to Democrat disadvantage, but Leftists live almost wholly in the present so Harry said that was OK by him. He was warned multiple times of what the future effect of his actions might be but he still went ahead. And his Senate caucus went ahead with him. More background here
Reid did have one element of caution, however. He broke the filibuster for lower court nominees only. He knew how dangerous a Republican Supreme Court could be to his party so left the filibuster just alive enough to block nominations to SCOTUS.
But once he had put a hole in the dam, it was easy for the rest of of the dam to be breached. And so it was. When Mitch McConnell was pushing Trump's SCOTUS nominees through, the Democrats used the filibuster to block Judge Gorsuch. So McConnell used his majority to abolish the last of the filibuster and got Gorsuch through. And after Gorsuch there came the dreadfully abused Kavanaugh -- also pushed through in the absence of the filibuster despite a quite incredible cacophany of abuse from the Donks.
Without Harry Reid's attack on the filibuster rule, the Donks could easily have blocked both judges -- and conservatives have been cackling about that ever since. They now love the now retired brainless Harry. There have been many "Thank you"s to Harry after Gorsuch and Kavanaugh got through confirmation. I wouldn't be surprised if on some social occasions Republicans have drank toasts to Harry
But the point is that both new judges are very conservative and their very membership of the court has snatched away from the Donks their alternative legislature. Up until recently, they could get lots through the courts that they could not get through Congress. They got got through such huge agenda items as homosexual marriage, universal abortion, the barring of Christian observance in the schools and "affirmative action". All those were legalized through SCOTUS only. The people did not get a vote on any of it. That is now gone and it went through their own Donk folly. No wonder they are half crazed. A large part of their world has fallen apart. And it is all because of Harry Reid.
Their access to sympathetic courts once kept them happy -- or as happy as they are capable of being. So that allowed them to be magnanimous to Republicans on some occasions and to some degree. They could afford to be a bit magnanimous in Congress because the main game was not there. It was the courts that would enforce their agenda.
But the basic point is that the filibuster demanded and got a degree of bipartisanship if either party was to get anything done. That is gone and Harry did it. All restraints are now off. He clearly had no inking of how great would be the damage he did both to his own party and to the American constitution, broadly conceived