McConnell's Nuclear Blunder Haunts Republicans

Republicans lost all leverage on judges.
Republicans pushed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to change the rules on confirmation votes. Photographer: Win McNamee/Getty Images

This was a huge week for judicial nominations in the Senate. Nine judges were confirmed, including one at the appeals level. We also got confirmation that Republicans committed a terrible blunder last fall by forcing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Democrats to invoke the so-called nuclear option, which makes judicial nominations subject to a simple majority vote.

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