Nuclear Option? Since When Did Majority Rule Go Nuclear?

The only democratic institution (that's democratic with a small d) in the world that could consider sticking to the majority vote rule to be a "nuclear" option would be our very own unbeloved U.S. Senate.

Apparently, the idea that you could get something done because a simple majority of those 100 U.S. Senators wanted it done is something horrific, like a bomb blast laying waste to the entire political landscape.

Somehow, by a twisted logic that can only make sense in the Never Never Land of Washington, D.C., the Senate's strange denizens came to worship the idea that anything important had to be passed by 60 votes, or it shouldn't count.

Of course, that particular congressional portion of the universe has been desolate for a long time, barren of cooperation or bipartisanship or any freaking concept of actually accomplishing anything for the good of the country.

And the fear is that the Republican minority is going to do something nasty? Like obstructing President Obama's appointments so it makes the vast, unwieldy federal bureaucracy even more unmanageable. Oh right, that's what they've been doing for years.

Or perhaps, if American voters lose their minds, forget about the Republican shutdown of the government that cost taxpayers billions, and give the GOP control of the Senate, they'll pass things by a simple majority vote.

The horror. The horror.