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In the best news I’ve heard in weeks, Harry Reid invoked the “nuclear option” in the Senate today, and secured 52 Democratic votes to require only a majority to confirm executive and lower-court judicial nominees.

The only Democrats who didn’t go along were long-time “nuclear” opponent Carl Levin and two red-state senators of wandering loyalty, Joe Manchin and Mark Pryor. It took a lot of GOP obstruction to create this level of Democratic loyalty.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.