The Nuclear Option Catch-22 for Republicans

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 12:30 pm

The problem is there is no way for Republicans to undo the Democrats’ rule change without validating what Democrats did.


Lamar Alexander Seems Really Bothered by the Idea of Democracy

By: Monday November 25, 2013 8:50 am

It seems Republican Senator Lamar Alexander is incredibly upset that policy decisions will ultimately be made by voters.

Late Night: Fission for Compliments

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 8:00 pm

Harry Reid’s belated decision to eliminate (sorta) the filibuster today has rendered the lefty blogosphere and progressive talk radio all aflutter about how his move was so brave and wonderful, which is undoubtedly true as far as it goes.  But as Jon Walker aptly pointed out here earlier today, the swiftness and ease with which this supposedly “historic” move was made can only remind us that it was four years too late.

Filibuster Just Got Nuked

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 10:04 am

History was just made in the United States’ Senate. Democrats used the so-called nuclear option to stop a filibuster on a judicial nominee. It was in response to Republicans declaring they would filibuster any Obama nominee to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals regardless of merit, so its conservative leanings would never change. The change was supported 52-48.

Corker Actually Calls Bullshit on McConnell Over Nuclear Option Deal

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 8:50 am

The idea that the minority party has power over routine issues in the Senate is total nonsense. The minority only has power because the majority has maintained a tradition of needlessly giving the minority non-constitutional veto. As soon as the majority decides to end this silly practice, the minority loses all leverage.

Why It Just Got Harder for the Government to Find Good People

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 1:05 pm

Yesterday’s Senate deal to avoid the nuclear option was a short term win for President Obama. After a long delay he will finally get seven people he wanted confirmed to seven executive branch position, which should make it easier to govern. Long term though it is another loss for effective and non-corrupt government.

One Phrase Washington Reporters Need to Start Using

By: Monday March 25, 2013 11:15 am

I would like to make a simple suggestion to vastly improve the quality of reporting in Washington. Whenever a reporter writes “Republicans filibuster” they should instead replace it with the far more accurate phrase, “Senate Democrats allow Republicans to filibuster.”

Levin on Filibuster: Cynical Deception or an Idiot?

By: Friday January 25, 2013 10:10 am

One of the most painful things about following Congress is that it is often hard to tell if a member is being an idiot or engaged in a cynical attempt at deception to hide their true position.

Reid’s Half-Solution to the Problem of Massive GOP Senate Obstructionism

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 2:00 pm

Harry Reid’s op-ed giving the inside story about the non-nuclear option he accomplished last week is good for the way it shows how Senate Republicans have worked to decay the functioning of the chamber. But he hasn’t gone far enough in fixing the Senate’s rules.

GLAAD’s Troup Coronado Helped Put Bush Judges On the Bench

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 5:30 am

For any LGBT group, the bottom line should have been that when LGTB rights were pitted against corporate rights, Coronado was willing to give a group of people with seriously homophobic judicial histories enormous power to determine the future of lives of people within the LGTB community

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