(from email 11/22/13)
Yesterday, the New York Times gleefully proclaimed “democracy returns to the Senate” after Senate Leader Harry Reid used a parliamentary trick to push the button on the so-called “nuclear option,” changing the rules to allow court nominations to be pushed through using a simple majority vote instead of the minimum sixty required to end debate.
Think about that for a second. A hundred years of Senate tradition was obliterated with a simple 52-48 majority vote, stripping the minority in our “most deliberative body” of the ability to filibuster presidential court nominees that do not have bipartisan support. That’s the equivalent of removing nine of our senators. Continue reading What do we got (sic) on the spacecraft that’s good?