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The Dictatorial Senate

Back in November, when Harry Reid’s employed the nuclear option to allow judicial nominees to be confirmed with a simple majority vote, commentators on both sides of the political spectrum had plenty to say about the move. On the right, Reid was criticized for single-handedly uprooting years of Senate tradition and for robbing the minority party of their right to debate. On the left, Reid’s actions were praised as greasing the wheels of government to actually get things accomplished in the face of intractable Republican opposition. Supporters of Reid appealed to a sense of Democracy, arguing that majority should rule and that the sixty-vote threshold is an arcane relic of a different time.

03/25/2014
The Ramifications of the Nuclear Option Explained - By Democrats
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The Ramifications of the Nuclear Option Explained - By Democrats

The nuclear option is an abuse of power. 

11/21/2013
In Memoriam: The Senate Filibuster, 1806-2013
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In Memoriam: The Senate Filibuster, 1806-2013

So maybe pronouncing the filibuster dead is hyperbolic, but Senator Reid may well have struck it a mortal blow today.

11/21/2013
Senate Democrats Seek Measures That Would Silence Half of the Electorate
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Senate Democrats Seek Measures That Would Silence Half of the Electorate

Also known as the "nuclear option," Senate Democrats are gunning for parliamentary rule changes that would silence the Senate minority and along with them, their constituents.

12/18/2012
Here Comes the Reconciliation
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Here Comes the Reconciliation

We knew it was coming. It's been a threat hanging out there since last spring. But now it's official.

03/03/2010