They are at it again. Republicans in the Senate are taking the unsupportable position that three existing D.C. Federal Circuit Court vacancies should not be filled. They claim that President Obama wants to “pack” the court, FDR style. But their real concern is about the ideological direction of the court, not its size.
Back home in Nevada, a frustrated majority leader, Harry Reid, is yet again suggesting that he might employ the “nuclear option.” That’s the parliamentary sleight of hand that could allow the Democrats to ignore Senate rules and precedents, end the debate, and change the rules with a simple majority vote. Existing Senate rules say this requires 67 votes.