Jun 22, 2005

The "Nuclear Option" That Won't Go Away [LINK]

A Google search for "nuclear option" ~filibuster now yields 2,630 hits — down from 5,310 a month ago. Disregard for a moment whether or not you favor this proposal to ban filibusters for judicial nominees, and disregard its function as a thoughtless trope. Instead, consider the phrase's artlessness. A relatively minor procedural change in a legislative body is compared with... using nuclear weapons? If that's the case, engaging in filibuster has a bit of a "nuclear" aspect to it as well, since it implies a last-ditch effort to obstruct a measure after conventional methods have failed to persuade.

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