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A 'nuclear option' was needed to overcome GOP obstructionists [Letter]

ElectionsCourts and the JudiciaryGeorge W. BushRepublican PartyRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.Barack Obama

Commentator Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. rewrites recent history in his one-sided column on the Senate filibuster rule ("The nuclear option: then and now," Dec. 1).

He utterly ignores the many Republican senators who filibustered President Barack Obama's judicial nominations after having insisted that it was unconstitutional to filibuster former GOP President George W. Bush's nominees.

In contrast to these unexplained GOP flips on constitutional mandates, the positions of the Senate Democrats that Mr. Ehrlich quotes are quite consistent with the Constitution, which neither authorizes nor bans filibusters.

The Democrats' rule change reflected the unprecedented Republican decision to filibuster any possible nominees for three D.C. Circuit Court vacancies after the Senate had confirmed all three of the judges Mr. Bush appointed to that bench.

Glenn Sugameli, Washington, D.C.

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