Rich Galen

Nuclear option? Because you can pass legislation with a simple majority? This, by you, is nuclear?

Once in a while the DC-based press corps should run out to the countryside and ask people staring at their grocery bill or watching the gasoline pump whether they think the worst thing in the world is the Senate's "Nuclear Option."

Here's what I think: If you get more votes than the other team you win. You don't you lose.

If you don't like losing then stop nominating people who have to spend money in their campaign ads assuring voters that they are not a witch. Or that women don't get pregnant from being raped. Or any of a number of other boneheaded statements that cost the GOP about six seats over the past four years.

One of the problems with the Senate is so many Senators came out of the House, where they don't consider a colleague on the other side of the aisle a political opponent; they consider him or her to be an enemy.

They have brought that brutishness with them across the Rotunda and turned the "World's Greatest Deliberative Body" into the "World's Most Expensive Playpen."

Maybe we need a unanimous consent agreement for a Senatorial time-out.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at