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April 26, 2005

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It might just as well be noted that the existence of a positive agenda and a plan to keep the Senate more active, not less, gives lie to the Republican claim that the "nuclear option" moniker is a Democratic pejorative.

Why would Democrats say the option is nuclear if their reaction will be do have Senators do more of what they're supposed to be getting paid for?

No, the option is nuclear because it's lawless, reckless, and its sheer power makes it possible to ignore all consequences.

I thought "nuclear option" came from the sense that at the end of it, we would see a lone lobbyist stumble into the ruins of the Senate chamber, pick up a tattered and burned copy of the Senate rulebook and scream, "You finally did it. You maniacs! You blew it up. God damn you! Damn you! God damn you all to hell!"

That lobbyist of course: the NRA's own Charlton Heston.

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