November 22, 2013
Daisy Ad 2013: Senate Filibuster Nuclear Option Remix
What a difference eight years and a Senate majority makes. Back in 2005, Senate Democrats (including Barack Obama) were in the minority - and dead-set against a Republican plan to allow judicial nominations to proceed to an up-or-down vote based on a simple majority. The so-called nuclear option, warned Obama and others, would have the Founders spinning in their graves and usher in a tyranny of the majority in the world's greatest deliberative body. But now, faced with a truculent Republican Senate minority, the Democrats done just that, effectively overturning 200 years of precedent.