With President Bush's decision to renominate 12 contentious appeals court candidates, the die seemed cast for a repeat of nominee-related filibustering in Congress. A relatively simple compromise could free up some judges, but divisions seem to be hardening. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has effectively threatened to stop filibusters with a rare parliamentary maneuver referred to by fellow Republicans as the "constitutional" option but described by Democrats as the "nuclear" option.
Handicapping Bush's Judicial Nominations
January 20, 2005