“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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.