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The Nuclear Compromise

The Nuclear Compromise

May 25, 2005

By Richard Kuper

The Op Ed Page

Much has been written in the last day or so about the Senate compromise on the Republican threat of the Nuclear Option to end the Filibuster option in the Senate. Most of the pundits seem to believe that the Republicans were the bigger losers on this issue. I disagree. Just look at the fact that Judge Owens was approved today, about as extreme as they get, and Bolton will likely now be approved to represent the US at the UN. The Republicans are already saying that when the Democrats try to use the Filibuster, which they agreed to use only under "extreme" circumstances, they will impose their nuclear option. Since it will be hard for the Democrats to say that anyone is more extreme than Owens, it is this writers' opinion that it is the Democrats who lost big-time with the compromise.

Of course the biggest losers are the citizens of the United States.