It’s not terribly often that you find a politician willing to admit that they’ll just change the rules when they don’t get their way, but when you do, it is almost always someone on the left side of the aisle.
This week it was the President himself, who appeared to have been given the role of “Angry Joe” for the day by his handlers, railing against the judicial branch of our government and suggesting that he’d be open to majorly adjusting the rules of the Senate to have his way on abortion.
President Biden on Thursday called on the Senate to make an exception to its filibuster rules to allow Congress to codify abortion protections and privacy rights previously afforded under Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision overturned by the Supreme Court last week.Advertisement - story continues below
The president voiced his support for temporarily changing Senate rules, something he generally opposes, during a press conference following a NATO summit in Madrid. The president also blasted the Supreme Court’s decision to nix the constitutional right to an abortion as “destabilizing” and “outrageous.”
There was no mistaking his sentiment.
“The most important thing to be clear about is, we have to change — I believe we codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure Congress votes to do that,” Mr. Biden told reporters Thursday. “And if the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be — we provide an exception for this. We require an exception to the filibuster for this action.”
Of course, turnabout is fair play, and with Republicans likely set to retake the House and Senate in November, President Biden may want to rethink what crossing this line would truly mean.