What happened to Men (and Women) with Honor and Integrity?

I was reading about Senator Jeff Merkeley’s desperate attempt to pay off his big labor / union markers from the election they bought him in blue blue Oregon and thought to myself …’well he will make the effort and fail but the fact that he tried will keep them at bay for another election cycle …right? I mean dirty Harry (Reid), one of the most corrupt men in government wasn’t going to buck 220 years of Senate tradition just to jam a few more of Obama’s communists appointees into positions of power right? I mean he may have no respect for us or the rule of law or the Constitution or fair and honest elections or even himself but surely he must have respect for tradition. Besides I know I have read zillions of quotes like these where he said 100’s of times that the fillibuster was not something to be played with for a short term political gain. …right? Didn’t he and other prominent democrats say this (thank you to redstate.com for this compilation) :

Harry Reid 5/18/2005: “Mr. President the right to extended debate is never more important than the one party who controls congress and the white house. In these cases the filibuster serves as a check on power and preserves our limited government.”>

Dianne Feinstein 5/18/2005: “The nuclear option if successful will turn the senate into a body that could have its rules broken at any time by a majority of senators unhappy with any position taken by the minority. It begins with judicial nominations. Next will be executive appointments and then legislation.”

Joe Biden 5/23/2005: “This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power. It is a fundamental power grab.”

Harry Reid 5/18/2005: “But no we are not going to follow the Senate rules. No, because of the arrogance of power of this Republican administration.”

Joe Biden 5/23/05: “I say to my friends on the Republican side you may own the field right now but you won’t own it forever I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing.”

Charles Schumer 5/23/2005: “They want their way every single time. And they will change the rules, break the rules, and misread the constitution so that they will get their way.”

Hillary Clinton 5/23/2005: “The Senate is being asked to turn itself inside out, to ignore the precedent to ignore the way our system has work, the delicate balance that we have obtain that has kept this constitution system going, for immediate gratification of the present President.”

Max Baucus 5/19/2005: “This is the way Democracy ends. Not with a bomb but with a gavel.”

Reid put it this way in his book, the nuclear option “would lead to the end of the United States Senate”:

“I just couldn’t believe that Bill Frist was going to do this. The storm had been gathering all year, and word from conservative columnists and in conservative circles was that Senator Frist of Tennessee, who was the Majority Leader, had decided to pursue a rules change that would kill the filibuster for judicial nominations. And once you opened that Pandora’s box, it was just a matter of time before a Senate leader who couldn’t get his way on something moved to eliminate the filibuster for regular business as well. And that, simply put, would be the end of the United States Senate.” – Harry Reid in his 2008 book “The Good Fight”

My question is this: What happened to men of honor and integrity?

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