In early 2005, then-Majority Leader Bill Frist suggested changing Senate rules
without the traditionally required two-thirds majority
in order to secure the confirmation of President Bushs
most extreme judicial nominees. This move was dubbed
The Nuclear Option because it would be a radical
step that would have enormous, long-lasting consequences
for the Senate and for the makeup of the federal bench.
For an op-ed by CRCs Doug Kendall and Jennifer
Bradley analyzing the unexpected political fallout of
the nuclear option, click
The op-ed inspired the cartoon to the right,
and was echoed in a piece by Sen. Ted Kennedy, available
here (subscribers only).
For other articles and
commentary about the nuclear option, click
For a collection of cartoons against the nuclear
options, click here (PDF file).
To view the most recent editorial cartoons
from May 2005, click
here (PDF file).