I understand the historical and pragmatic reasons for not invoking the constitutional (or “nuclear”) option in the Senate, but surely there has to come a time where Harry Reid has to get up and say to the Republicans, “Enough!”
Senate Republicans voted to hold up a key federal appeals court nominee Thursday, daring Senate Democrats to invoke what is known as the nuclear option and change the Senate rules with a simple majority vote. Patricia Millett, a corporate lawyer who is among the most prominent and widely respected members of the Supreme Court bar, would have filled one of three seats on the second most powerful American court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.(Think Progress)
Republicans have shown, time and time again, that they do not care whether anything gets done in the Senate on executive and judicial appointments; it is past time for Senator Reid to invoke the nuclear option and get things rolling again in the world’s most deliberative body.