The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Saturday, April 23, 2005

The return of Newspeak.

I've already written that Cheney has come out in favor of ditching the fillibuster, in spite of his previous claim of neutrality. Now I've spotted the GOP's new tactic to make this unpopular proposition sound really good to the public. It just took a while to get it through the focus groups. From that liberal rag, the New York Times.

The final paragraph:

"Current Senate rules require 60 votes to close debate on a confirmation, allowing Democrats to thwart the action by mustering 41 votes. Republicans want to lower the threshold for closing debate on all nominations to a simple majority. Democrats call this the nuclear option, while Republicans call this a constitutional option."

At least, as of yesterday they call it that.