Fox News contributor Sarah Palin suggested on Sunday that Senate Democrats had reformed filibuster rules so that a only simply majority is needed for most presidential nominations as a conspiracy to stop people from talking about failed government during Thanksgiving dinner.
In an interview on Fox News, host Chris Wallace pointed out to Palin that President Barack Obama had faced more than twice the filibusters on presidential nominees than had President George W. Bush.
“Doesn’t any president — Republican or Democrat — have the right to be able to name his team unless a nominee is just wildly outside the mainstream?” Wallace asked.
Palin insisted that the president had a lot of “pals” who were “wildly outside the mainstream” and wanted to help him “usher in an agenda to transform America.”
“As for this rule change that some people are calling the nuclear option under Senate rules, you know, I guarantee, this week, Thanksgiving Dinner, people sitting around their tables were not going to be talking about the president blessing this thwarting of a balance of power in Congress with new Senate rules,” she explained. “People are going to be talking about our failed big government policies that will bankrupt this country.”
“So, this distraction, this new talking point in the media and with Congress and with Senators and with the president blessing this action, it’s a distraction and it’s a lot of, you know, double standard and Democrat hypocrisy because just a few years ago they were so anti, anti-nuclear option.”
Palin added: “So, American people, they don’t care about distractions like that. They’re not in the inside baseball Senate rules stuff. They want government to be back on our side. They want it to get out of our lives… So, this new rule change, it stinks.”
Watch this video from Fox News’ Fox News Sunday, broadcast Nov. 24, 2013.