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Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Sen. Reid Concedes Dems Can't Stop "Nuclear Option"

This article contains an interesting (indirect) quote from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) in which Reid concedes that there is "little Democrats could do to prevent Republicans" from changing Senate rules permitting the filibuster of judicial nominees. In fact, Reid's only "threat" in this regard was to note that Republicans might one day find themselves in the minority and unable to block Democratic nominees. This should put to rest any doubts as to whether the "nuclear option" is viable as a matter of Senate rules and procedures. The relevant considerations for the Republicans, as alluded to by Reid, appear to be political.


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