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November 21, 2013 1:36 PM Mushroom Cloud

By Ed Kilgore

In the best news I’ve heard in weeks, Harry Reid invoked the “nuclear option” in the Senate today, and secured 52 Democratic votes to require only a majority to confirm executive and lower-court judicial nominees.

The only Democrats who didn’t go along were long-time “nuclear” opponent Carl Levin and two red-state senators of wandering loyalty, Joe Manchin and Mark Pryor. It took a lot of GOP obstruction to create this level of Democratic loyalty.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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