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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-16-06 11:35 AM
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Sagging Poll Numbers May Be Altering the "Nuclear Option" Equation
Dems really could dare Republicans to try it. And the Repubs, unless they're even stupider than I think (which is possible, of course), probably won't take the dare.

http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Fron...


'Nuke' could backfire, say some on right
By Jonathan Allen

Some conservatives are worried that a filibuster-crushing Senate rules change could backfire on their movement, ultimately robbing them of a powerful weapon they have used effectively to battle liberals and centrists in the past.

The arguments, first raised last year, have gained new resonance in the face of flagging poll numbers for congressional Republicans and President Bush, the growing threat of Democrats winning majority control of the chamber and another possible showdown over judicial nominations.

If Republicans change Senate rules to bypass filibusters and win confirmation for President Bushs controversial nominees to the judiciary, what is known as the nuclear option, these conservatives fear that, should Democrats win the majority in the fall, Republicans would be handing them a powerful weapon that could be used to move pet executive-branch nominees or legislation.

That would be devastating, one conservative parliamentary expert warns.

Everyone, I think, who has ever carried the water for the conservative movement in the Senate believes its a horrible idea, said Mike Hammond, former general counsel to the Senate Steering Committee, the traditional base of operations for Senate conservatives. Most of us feel that it is functionally impossible to separate filibusters of judges from filibusters of nominees from filibusters of legislation.

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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-16-06 11:38 AM
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1. So what? They already got their criminal Supreme Court.
AND WE DID NOTHING.
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-16-06 11:43 AM
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2. Our chicken shit leadership will not stand and oppose
and force this issue right out in front. Oppose the next big nomination - that would be Hayden - make the Republican Party fight among themselves over the nuclear option.
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central scrutinizer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-16-06 11:45 AM
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3. you got that right - way too little and way, way, way too late
Growing a spine at this late date is pretty much useless.
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EminenceFront Donating Member (36 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-16-06 12:23 PM
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4. What Filibuster?
The Democrats didn't agree with that "Gang of 14" just because they wanted a convenient excuse to ignore the liberal base and continue business as usual, you know. :sarcasm:



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