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Reid Goes Nuclear: 'I Ate Sh--' On Nominees

Politico is reporting that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) forcefully argued in favor of "The Nuclear Option," (a plan to eliminate the filibuster) during a closed door session with his fellow Democrats:  

In a closed-door caucus meeting Thursday, Reid began by apologizing to his colleagues for cutting bipartisan deals to avert the nuclear option, including at the beginning of this year. And the Nevada Democrat complained that he allowed votes on scores of conservative nominees under former President George W. Bush after a bipartisan coalition headed off the nuclear option in 2005. But Reid said it had been the right thing to do because Bush had won a second term in the White House.

Now, Reid argued, times have changed.

“I ate sh— on some of those nominees,” Reid told his colleagues, according to sources who were present.

On Thursday, the Senate continued to inch closer to a battle that could have dramatic implications for the institution.


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