Mitchell Reports | January 25, 2013
>>> hopes for getting rid of this that 60 vote requirement to get anything done at all in the senate, liberals are going to have to wait at least two more years. last night senate majority leader harry reid cut a deal with republican leader mitch mcconnell delaying filibuster reform once again, except for streamlining a few procedural rules. to paraphrase rachel maddow last night, that means the senate will get nothing done but get it done a little faster. politico editor in chief john harris joins me now. hey, john. well, they basically said the 60 vote requirement is still there except for moving things along to the floor.
>> that's a clever line by your colleague, rachel maddow . she may be on to something.
>> she's the aboutest.
>> the other thing i would point out is the choice wasn't doing passing something and having a wealth of legislation and activity take place. if senator reid had made the choice, we are reallying to fwg to have a huge battle over this. i think the likelihood is that this would have dominated the senate's proceedings for the next several months, and also would have created a climate of ill will that would have echoed for even longer than that.
>> i think there's a process issue about filibuster wree form.
>> in fact, that was the nuclear option, as they put it up there, and it would have, of course, put in place permanent rules that could have backfired if democrats ended up returning to the minority.
>> right. politics --
>> which is quite likely.
>> i think that probably was also in reid's mind, which is like, look, we got 55 now, but who is to say that that won't be different in two years or four? he was thinking, as is appropriate for somebody in his job, thinking about the sort of long-term institutional interests and his long-term political interests.
>> jon harris , putting it all in context. thank you very