Thursday, May 12, 2005

A Short Course

Tim Grieve provides you with everything you need to know about the nuclear option.

Call it a primer on the judicial confirmation process. Call it what you get when you spend way too much time reading Riddick’s Senate Procedure. Just don’t call it the “nuclear option” — at least not when Bill Frist is around to correct you. The Senate majority leader doesn’t want his plan to sound so explosive, but be forewarned: Unless somebody blinks first, we’re in for a mind-warping set of unprecedented Senate maneuvers that could put Dick Cheney in charge of deeming the filibuster “unconstitutional” — without a word from those folks in black robes across the street — and grease the way for each and every right-wing extremist George W. Bush ever cares to put on a district court, an appellate court or the U.S. Supreme Court.

Read it (subscription/Day Pass required — always worth it) and get the real facts behind what could happen if it comes to pass. It isn’t pretty; “nuclear” pretty well describes it.