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Bolton & Judges

Just talked to someone else regarding the timing here. The reason it’s key to get to Bolton first is that otherwise his nomination might get swallowed up in fallout from the judges fight. And, assuming that he gets confirmed, it would give the GOP a nice win going into the judges fight. But the source I just talked to sounds pretty certain that the judges fight will come first. He says Bolton could only go first if Reid agreed to a fairly brief period of floor debate on Bolton. That’s probably not going to happen because Reid knows if he could stretch out the Bolton debate it might eat into the lengthy period of time needed to set the predicate for the GOP to turn to the “nuclear option” on judges. This source says “the pump is really primed” for judges, and he makes it sound like Bolton is going to have to wait.

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