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A Nuclear Winter for Nominations?


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is threatening to invoke the nuclear option so Senate Democrats can confirm President Obama’s D.C. Circuit nominees by a simple majority vote.  I offer my thoughts on this threat at the VC.  My bottom line: I’d prefer a deal like that which broke the impasse over President Bush’s Michigan nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, but ending the de facto super-majority requirement for judicial nominations would be a good thing however it is done — and I’m sure the next President will appreciate it.


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