IT CANNOT BE REPEALED NOW.
I will explain but if you don’t want to read my post then just read this:
The so-called nuclear options used by Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell were applied to “advise and consent” responsibilities of the senate. A Constitutional objection was made in applying the cloture rule to judicial “advise and consent” votes. The presiding officer of the senate ruled against the objection it so it was put to a majority vote where it was upheld. IT DID NOT CHANGE ONE WORD IN THE RULES OF THE SENATE. CHANGING the rules requires 67 votes under the current rules. The rules are ADOPTED on the first day of each session. 51 votes are required to adopt the rules.
Obamacare is a legislative issue NOT an advise and consent issue. Whether you like the cloture rule or not there is no basis to question its legitimacy as a self-imposed rule of the senate when applied to the legislative process.
Cloture could be eliminated or modified on January 18th 2018. Assume that they do so. Does anyone really believe that 51 senators would vote for a clean repeal? The media is constantly counting votes for and against the GOP reconciliation bill. Has anyone asked Senator Paul how many votes he has for his clean repeal?
Rand Paul is a self-serving gas bag who is stocking up his red meat freezer so he can be “the one who fought for repeal until the bitter end”. He knows the rules and procedures of the senate and he still calls for moving an immovable object. If anyone has a secret Constitutional objection to the cloture rule applied to legislation he should have it. Let’s hear it Rand.