Nobody's talking about it,, but at least the ambitious senior senator from Pennsylvania, Arlen Specter, hasn't forgotten about reconciliation.
SPECTER: Well as I have said I would consider that as a last, last, last, resort. I think that the institutional safeguard of 60 votes is a very important one. … [M]oving away from that institutional 60 votes is something I think would be a last, last, last resort. You might have to fight fire with fire when there are so many filibusters. The number is now 81. And a lot of nominations are being blocked and action is being blocked. …I guess I missed it, but apparently Reid called it an "option" at the big press conference on Monday as well. Glad to see it.
On the issue of fighting fire with fire, maybe so, but I think that we are not going to come to this. I think we can muster the 60 votes and not have to face the reconciliation.
Q: Senator if I have this correctly, as a last resort, you would not oppose using reconciliation…
SPECTER: As a last, last, last, resort I would consider it, yeah.