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Norm Ornstein puts the blame for today's filibuster confrontation on the "radicals and anti-institutionalists" who now dominate the GOP. Interesting point, too, on McConnell really wanting this to happen
Mitch McConnell is taking one more bite at the apple, having the Senate vote again on whether it really, really wants to change the Senate filibuster rules. But it should mirror the first vote a few minutes ago. The Senate filibuster rules undergo their first major change since 1975. Sahil Kapur explains how it all came down.
I don't know what I expected. Maybe the phrase "nuclear option" conjured some cataclysmic moment on the Senate floor when Harry Reid presses a cartoonish red button and Mitch McConnell, tie askew and hair mussed, shouts an anguished "Noooooo" while lunging to stop him.
But there's no such dramatics on the Senate floor. Not even anyone raising a cane.
Filibuster reform is a way to distract from the problems of the Obamacare rollout. That's what Mitch McConnell said on the floor responding to Harry Reid's move. It's what Speaker John Boeher said, too, in his weekly press conference as things were unfolding in the Senate.