Some Facts Regarding the Nuclear Option

As mentioned earlier today, the filibuster became a primary tool against executive branch nominees back when George W. Bush was president. It was during the Bush administration that the threat of the nuclear option first reared its head. Back then, Democrats like Charles Schumer claimed that Republicans were having "a temper tantrum" by threatening the …

Then and Now

Back when George W. Bush was in the White House, Democrats made a sport of filibustering the president's judicial nominees, especially appellate court judges. Any discussion of the implementation of "the nuclear option," whereby filibusters of nominees would be forbidden, was met with cries of "unconstitutional!" and "this will infringe on the rights of the …

Shorter New York Times: “Filibustering Presidential Nominees on the Basis of Ideology Is Bad, Except When It Isn’t”

From yesterday's New York Times editorial: After years of growing Republican obstruction — legislation blocked, judicial candidates forced to withdraw, presidential nominations left to languish, government agencies rendered powerless by denying them leaders — Senate Democrats say they are finally ready to take action. Barring a last-minute deal, Harry Reid, the majority leader, said he would …