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War has been declared on democracy by the Senate wingnuts when it comes to Supreme Court nominations.

GOP May Go “Nuclear” On Judges (CBS):

Senate Republicans are considering taking the rare step of enacting a rules change to disable Democrats’ ability to block Supreme Court nominees.

The option has not been utilized since 1975. It is so likely to divide the Senate along the strictest of partisan lines that in Washington parlance it is being referred to as “going nuclear.”

Nevertheless, Republicans are increasingly intent on taking such action if Democrats utilize filibusters to block Supreme Court nominations, likely to begin as soon as next year.

…Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said on Sunday that Democratic use of the filibuster to stall judicial nominations was “intolerable.” He added that a “viable option” would be for Republicans to move for the filibuster to be limited to legislation.

…There is no issue, among evangelicals, that matters more than judicial appointments. Frist’s comments Sunday were applauded by social conservatives.

“This is not something where Bill Frist woke up the day after the election and said let’s go nuclear. They have options and one of them is making the judgment that now is the time for the rules change,” said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior policy analyst for the influential evangelical organization Focus on the Family.

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