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Nuclear Option Watch: Filibuster Rule Change for Alito?

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) appears on ‘Fox News Sunday’ with host Chris Wallace from the ‘Fox News Sunday’ studios in Washington December 11, 2005. Frist said he would unequivocally support the use of the ‘nuclear option’ if the Democrats try to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito. Frist added, ‘I have stood from day one on principle that these Supreme Court justices — nominees deserve an up or down vote, and it would be absolutely wrong to deny him that.’

The ASSociated Press has Frist Says He’s Ready to Block Filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday he is prepared to strip Democrats of their ability to filibuster if they try to stall Samuel Alito’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“The answer is yes,” Frist said when asked if he would act to change Senate procedures to restrict a Democratic filibuster. “Supreme Court justice nominees deserve an up-or-down vote, and it would be absolutely wrong to deny him that.”

Democrats immediately called Frist’s words unhelpful and potentially incendiary. They said Senate Democrats are waiting for the Judiciary Committee to act on Alito’s nomination before they decide what they may do.

“Sen. Frist has thrown down the gauntlet at a time when the country least needs it,” said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee. “The American people know that checks and balances are an integral part of our government.”

Judge Alito deserves an up or down vote. He is NOT Harriet Miers.

If the Lefties filibuster – change the Senate rules and confirm him.

To Senator Schumer: BRING IT ON!

Captain Ed talks about Frist’s Spine Transplant.

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