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Denver Post debamboozles.

From this morning's editorial: "Conservatives made it easy for Salazar to pick sides. After all, threatening to change the Senate rules is such a drastic step that even the Republicans refer to it as the 'nuclear option.'"

(ed.note: Note of thanks to TPM Reader WA.)

They say zig; they zig. They say zag; they zag.

ABC's The Note reports for duty on the nuclear constitutional option: "NEWS SUMMARY: The Republican White House is standing firm in support of DeLay, Bolton, private accounts, nuclear power, a lean budget, and the constitutional option on judges."

An entry for Valiant Effort Watch.

The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto tries to salvage the RNC's 'nuclear option' bamboozle: "With a vote expected soon on what the Democrats (borrowing a term from Trent Lott) call the "nuclear option," suddenly they are talking compromise."

(ed.note: Thanks to TPM Reader PO for sending us the link.)

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We just got late word that Sen. Lieberman -- freshly out of the Fainthearted Faction -- is going to be at the big pro-Social Security rally today at the Capitol. Apparently, only members of the leadership are going to speak. But he will be there showing his support.

Now remember, Faintheartedness recidivism is a major social problem in the United States Senate. So let's show Joe we support him in his recovery and help him stay with the program.

TPM Reader SC chimes in: "The Social Security Tour is exactly what Republicans - and all opponents of big government - should be against. In this case, the government has spent tens of millions of dollars on the "road show", and they are farther away from the goal (support for Social Security overhaul) than when they started. I wonder what might happen when these big-government republicans start to spend trillions..."

GOP leaning toward No Frist Use on the nuclear option?

Not likely. According to this new story out from AP, Sen. Frist is saying, no deals. All seven judges have to go through or else. (For more on the strategic backdrop, see this post from last night.) In other words, the Majority Leader is willing to fight to the last Republican for his presidential viability.

Excellent! A little street theater. Or, I guess, a little elite college campus theater. But, hey, same difference.

Washington may be waiting on the edge of its seat for the filibustering and nuclear optioning to get started. But students at Princeton just won't wait.

It seems that a few years back the Frist family (yep, that Frist family) donated a big chunk of change to the University to build what was later named the "Frist Campus Center." And starting this morning, students and even faculty members will be standing outside the building 'filibustering' Frist -- reading aloud from phone books, bios of the seven nominees, the bible, textbooks and probably a bunch of other stuff since they're going to go for 12 hours straight today. And they'll probably keep going tomorrow.

Here's some more information on what they're doing from one of the filibuster's organizers.

Big Pro-Social Security rally today at the Capitol, with anti-phase-out bigwigs and congressional leaders like Durbin, Hoyer, Baucus, Rangel, Reid and Pelosi in attendance.

This is a big event, a veritable festival of counter-bamboozlement.

It gets under way at 1 PM.

See the details here.

Dozens of other rallies are taking place in cities across the country today. Find out if there's one in your neck of the woods.