When Republicans claim they might use the ‘nuclear option’ to overcome Democratic filibusters launched to stop the confirmation of judges, they do themselves a real disservice. The Republicans are not the one going nuclear- it is the Democrats who already have, and the more dimwitted on their side of the aisle feel brazen enough to chirp publicly about it:
Why would we give lifetime appointments to people who earn up to $200,000 a year, with absolutely a great retirement system, and all the things all Americans wish for, with absolutely no check and balance except that one confirmation vote. So we’re saying we think you ought to get nine votes over the 51 required. That isn’t too much to ask for such a super important position. There ought to be a super vote. Don’t you think so? It’s the only check and balance on these people. They’re in for life. They don’t stand for election like we do, which is scary.
There it is, in one tiny, tidy paragraph. I think we should send Mrs. Boxer some roses.