nuclear option

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 10 13:35:34 UTC 2009

Republicans have been using the term "nuclear option" of the Democrats
threat to use the reconciliation process in the Senate to pass health
care reform and avoid a filibuster.  I last recall "nuclear option"
being used by Senate Democrats in 2005 with reference to Cheney's
threat to use a wrinkle in Senate rules to change the filibuster rule
by simple majority vote.  I don't know if it's used as a political
metaphor before that. I sense that the term has generalized to mean a
legitimate but unfair political tactic, at least from the viewpoint of
those opposed to it and using the term.  It doesn't seem to get used
by those supporting the tactic.


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