McCain: If majority can change rules, rules don't exist
Here’s Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) reaction to today’s nuclear option vote:
“If a majority can change the rules, then there are no rules.” — John McCain.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) November 21, 2013
McCain’s words, not coincidentally, echo those of former Michigan Sen. Arthur Vandenburg.
Current Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, who was one of just three Democrats to vote against the nuclear option today, quoted Vandenburg saying that such easy rule changes — done with a bare majority rather than a two-thirds majority — mean “there are no rules except the transient unregulated wishes of a majority of whatever quorum is temporarily in control of the Senate.”