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Term Nuclear Option Coined by Republican Trent Lott-Republicans Seek to Pin the Term on Dems
 


23 April 2005 at 10:28:22 PM
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But due to concern that the public believes Republicans plans to do away with the filibuster is the wrong action to take, Republicans are now trying to say this is a Democrat term. Not so. Republicans must believe the public is foolish and dupeable.

Changing the Senate’s rules on judicial filibustering was first addressed in 2003, during the successful Democratic filibuster against Miguel Estrada, whom Bush had nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Ted Stevens, a Republican Senate veteran from Alaska, was complaining in the cloakroom that the Democratic tactic should simply be declared out of order, and, soon enough, a group of Republican aides began to talk about changing the rules. It was understood at once that such a change would be explosive; Senator Trent Lott, the former Majority Leader, came up with “nuclear option,” and the term stuck.

ATRIOS has numerous examples of Republicans using the term Nuclear Option.

UPDATE: Harry Reid

They’re great with names… On Social Security, they’ve been trying to call private accounts “personal accounts.” They can talk about the constitutional option all they want. It’s privatization, and it’s the nuclear option. They created those terms, and they’re going to wear them around their necks from now till Doomsday.

SECOND UPDATE- Dick Durbin and John Kyl on PBS

GWEN IFILL: Does Sen. Frist have the votes in order to force this nuclear option?

SEN. JOHN KYL: Well, I'm not going to characterize it as a nuclear option. That's what the opponent....

GWEN IFILL: Or a constitutional option. Whatever term we're using today.

SEN. JOHN KYL: It is a constitutional option because the Senate has the right to provide its own precedents. That's what would be done. I won't predict vote, but I don't think we'd go forward unless we thought we had the votes.

GWEN IFILL: How about that. Sen. Durbin, what's your nose count these days?

SEN. DICK DURBIN: Well, I can tell you it's very close; it's down to one or two Republican senators. And they understand the basics. First, this term nuclear option was coined by Trent Lott, a Republican. It's not a Democratic way to try to color this debate.

But secondly we've had 11 different filibusters on judicial nominees and Sen. Frist himself voted to filibuster one of President Clinton's nominees, Richard Piaz appointed to the Ninth Circuit. You can find it in the Congressional Record. He voted that way. So it's happened despite what you hear to the controversy. They are changing the rules and traditions of the Senate.


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