The Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn writes in a Sunday, March 7, 2010 column of the possibility the Democrats may “employ 'the nuclear option' to enact health care reform legislation.” Zorn further explains “the phrase 'nuclear option' dates back to at least 2002 when Republicans used it to refer to changing — blowing up — longstanding Senate rules to get rid of the ability of the minority party to filibuster. “
The Republicans were not trying to 'blow up' anything. They wanted to expand Senate filibuster rules to specifically state what had been a tradition since the first use of the Senate filibuster in 1837, that by 'consent' in Article II, Section 2, (The President “...shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint... Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States....”) the Founders meant a straight up-or-down vote.
But then, the Democrat Party is not known for letting the Constitution get in the way of what they want to do, nor is Eric Zorn known as a particular student of the Constitution.
I've lived in Detroit, St Louis, Kansas City, Pittsburgh PA, Marblehead MA. Worked as tech rep in Southern CA, Bay area, NYC, I've been to Europe a dozen times (Ireland, UK, Scotland, Sweden, Finland, Belgium.
Favorite restaurants are Gene & Georgetti's in Chicago, Roma Cafe in Detroit, Frankie and Johnie's in NYC, Rigazzi's on the hill in St. Louis (Also Charlie Gitto's, was Angelo's when I went there.)
For about a year I had small offices in Clayton MO, in the Country Club Plaza in KC. I rode a ten-speed bike around Lake Michigan (The bottom half in one week in June 1978, another week for the top half in 1980, used the Badger both times.
Don't get to travel much anymore, but still try to rent a car and go around the Lake in March every year. Sure, there's still snow, and it's not warm, OTOH there are no bugs and no toursts. Greatest little tavern in the world is Sherry's Port Bar in Garden UP MI