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  •  I remember the original "Nuclear Option" (15+ / 0-)

    This article, for instance, is dated May 12, 2005.
    A few choice cuts;

    OK, let’s begin at the beginning. What’s the “nuclear option”?

    It’s Frist’s plan to change the Standing Rules of the Senate in order to prohibit Democrats from using the filibuster to block votes on Bush’s judicial nominees.

    NOT just make them actually filibuster by blabbing all day, but remove the filibuster itself from all judicial nominating debates. Why? Because;
    Frist is upset that Democrats have used the filibuster to block a handful of Bush’s judicial nominees. Democrats have allowed 205 of Bush’s judicial nominees to be confirmed, but they have used the filibuster — or, more accurately, the threat of the filibuster — to prevent floor votes on 10 others.
    Oh, the horrors.
    Dems blocked like 1/10th as many of the Bush nominees as Repubs have blocked from Obama, not to mention the 200-odd other filibusters the Senate has endured in the 122th congress.
    And Reid is NOT proposing to use Rule XXII to end the filibuster (which IS what Frist was pushing), but simply to return to the old way of making it public.
    Be sure to remind Uncle Bigmouth Blowhard about that distinction come Holiday Dinner Time.

    Stand for something, or you'll fall for anything - Malcolm X via Skindred

    by kamarvt on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:31:03 AM PST

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