(Washington Times) -- Now, President Obama can nominate the Three Stooges to the federal bench if he wants, and get away with it.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked the “nuclear option,” and the Senate voted 52 to 48 to change Senate rules by reducing the number of votes needed for cloture on nominees from 60 to 51 (which could include Vice President Joe Biden’s tie-breaking vote).
Republicans had hoped in vain that the threat of the GOP wielding this white-hot weapon in 2017 would keep Mr. Reid’s finger off the button. It worked when George W. Bush was frustrated at Democrats blocking his nominees and floated the idea in 2005, prompting the bipartisan Gang of 14 to break the nominee logjam.
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