Nuclear fallout


So, what's the landscape look like the day after invoking of the so-called "nuclear option" in the U.S. Senate?

Politically, this quote from Manu Raju in his piece this morning in Politico seems right:

"Indeed, the 113th Congress is on track to go down as the least productive in history — a legacy that may be cemented after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gutted the filibuster on presidential nominees by deploying the 'nuclear option.'”

And for an in-depth look at the practical aspects of the change -- case by case, judge by judge -- this Bloomberg piece makes important reading this morning, especially for residents of Western states. Essentially, it says that the anti-business gremlins of Democratic politics will be given wider leeway in working for tougher regulations aimed at crippling businesses engaged in, say, mining, ranching and energy.

In that regard, what Harry Reid did could prove very bad for the future economic growth of Nevada and other states dominated by federal land.

Time will tell.