political language (UK version)

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 30 16:54:40 UTC 2011

I believe we have had the "guillotine option" for a lot longer than we
have had a "nuclear option":

GB has two snippet views from 1868.


On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 6:24 AM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> First, we had the "nuclear option". Now we have a "guillotine motion".
> http://goo.gl/BB5KB
> This, of course, raises the ambiguous accusation of "constitutional
> vandalism". Does this mean that the Constitution is being vandalized, or
> is this vandalism in the name of the Constitution (like the alternate
> name for the "nuclear option"--"constitutional option")? Yes, this is
> merely a rhetorical question...
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