Ever wonder how the Gop is able to push the appointments of circuit court and appellate judges through the Senate?
It’s a complicated path from the American parliamentary procedures of the 1800’s, through 1917 to the quicksand were now mired in, but it can be summed up in two words: “nuclear option”.
Oops, I forgot the third word. Mcconnell.
The “nuclear option” is a tool that revised the 60 vote requirement for the passage of an appointment or a bill through the Senate, to a simple majority of 51 votes. It’s been implemented by both the Dems and the Gop, but McConnell has used it an unprecedented number of times in appointing Trump-supported judges to the appellate and circuit courts.
In an additional attack on one of the pillars of the decision making process, mcconnel has pushed through yet another alteration to our parliamentary procedures, by cutting the debate time required for appointments to two hours.
That’s 28 hours less than the previous rule allowed.
The spirit of Dr Strangelove is alive and well, living in the meat suit of mitch