RUSH: They just voted the nuclear option in the Senate. They just changed 250 years’ worth of rules on advise and consent, and now Obama’s gonna get every judge he wants. He’s gonna get them. If they want to add seats to a court — if they want to add five new liberal seats to the DC circuit, for example — they can do it. There’s no stopping ’em because the Republicans don’t have the votes.
“US Senate Stops Filibusters on Nominations.” That’s the Reuters headline. They have managed to pass a rule ending the filibuster for judges. This is known as the “nuclear option,” and basically what it means is they have erased the need for there ever to be 60 votes before going to a final vote on a judge. It’s now 51 votes. “The Democratic-led US Senate, in a historic rule change, stripped Republicans on Thursday of their ability to block President Barack Obama’s judicial and executive branch nominees.
“On a nearly party-line vote of 52-48, Democrats abruptly changed the Senate’s balance of power by reducing from 60 to 51 the number of votes needed to end procedural roadblocks known as filibusters against presidential nominees…” Folks, this is part and parcel of why the Democrats are so hell-bent on winning the House in 2014. Winning the House would give them total, authoritarian, non-challengeable control over the US government.