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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Breaking the Senate Log-Jam

Check out In Favor of “Going Nuclear” to End Senate Filibusters on Judicial Nominees.

BeldarBlog has an excellent analysis of the under-consideration option for Senate Republicans to exercise the so-called nuclear option to foreclose Democratic filibusters that prevent judicial nominees from receiving an up-or-down vote of the full Senate.  To date, Senate Democrats have blocked the almost certain confirmation of nine or ten judges simply by stopping the Senate from voting on them.

Lots of ink has been spilled on this subject, but BeldarBlog provides the best legal analysis I’ve seen.