WaPo to announce judicial shocker
Posted by a4g @ 3/15/2005 06:58:00 PM
Our highly placed sources have revealed to us that tomorrow's Washington Post will announce a stunning revelation concerning the so-called "Nuclear Option" for confirming justices.
The 'Nuclear Option' refers to a Republican plan to bypass the current filibuster power that Senate Democrats are exercising over certain Bush Administration judicial appointments. The strategy would involve changing Senate rules, requiring a vote of only 51 Senators, to disallow the current sixty vote majority required to bring debate to a close on a particular appointment. The sixty vote requirement would thereby be bypassed.
However, our source has confirmed to us that the Washington Post will report that contrary to claims by the Administration in the long run-up to the judicial appointments, Republican legal investigators have finally admitted that they can find no evidence of a Nuclear Option. Despite the many pronouncements directly from the President himself, it is now believed that there never was a Nuclear Option, or if so, it was long ago destroyed. Some in the administration suggested to the Post that the Nuclear Option may have been sneaked out of the Senate during the last recess, but no evidence has been found to support that claim.
Harry Reid, minority leader in the Senate, is set to respond with the accusation that the President has attempted to drum up support for his "irresponsible" appointments by falsely creating the ominous foreboding of a Nuclear Option in order to mislead the American people.
This story is still developing, and we will report further as we learn more...