Republicans Complete A Gigantic Cave On The ‘Nuclear Option,’ And Obama Is The Big Winner

by Brett LoGiurato | Business Insider  |  published on July 17, 2013

Senate Minority Leader John McCain.

That’s how Democrats are gleefully spinning a significant cave from Republicans that avoided the drastic Senate rules change known as the “nuclear option.”

As they tell it, McCain convinced a handful of more moderate Republican senators to join him in agreeing to a deal that will lead to the smooth confirmation of seven of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet nominees. In doing so, he went against the public posturing of the actual Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell.

“McCain is the new minority leader for confirmations,” one Senate Democratic aide said. “The new normal is confirming nominees. And the wacko birds are not to be heard from — at least on this issue.”

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