Alex's Outlook

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

The Senate Rules Committee has passed the much-ballyhooed "nuclear option," which, if passed, would eventually eliminate the filibuster, at least as far as judges are concerned. Unfortunately, the Senate requires 60 votes to amend its own rules, which guarantees that the nuclear option is roadkill once it hits the Senate floor.

It remains to be seen whether the Republican caucus has the backbone to use the Senate parliamentarian to declare the Democratic filibusters unconstitutional and thus ignore them completely. That is the only way they are going to get any solid conservative judges confirmed, but it will offer the Democrats an easy way to score points against the GOP - and the Rove-Bush-Cheney axis of weasel never likes to let the Democrats score points on anything, even if it costs $7.5 trillion.

EDIT - it actually takes 67 votes to amend Senate rules. In other words it will not happen.

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