“You start doing that every Congress to change the rules of this place, you lose any consistency in this institution,” retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) said. “You have to have been in the minority to appreciate the ability to be able to stop something. Unfortunately, a lot of these people haven’t spent a day inside the minority. They have no idea what it’s like to watch a train coming at you.”
Meanwhile, Republican leaders have asked rank-and-file Members to have unofficial discussions with Democrats about their desire to change Senate rules, in an effort to discourage them from making any radical moves that might eviscerate the filibuster, according to a GOP source.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went so far as to invite several Democrats to his office earlier this week to discuss any potential rules changes that might diminish his party’s ability to stall action in the Senate.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.