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Call It The "Constitutional Option"

Reported by Deborah - March 15, 2005

Harry Reid held a press conference today and wrote a very clear letter to Bill Frist denouncing the attempt to ban the filibuster. Reid plainly stated that 204 out of 214 Judges have been confirmed and this Republican plan known as the "Nuclear Option" is about power.Orrin Hatch and Dick Durbin debated this issue with Hannity and Terri MCauliffe,subbing for Colmes, on H&C tonight.3/15/05

MCauliffe had a good start with Orrin Hatch asking him to explain the poor confirmation record of the Republicans for Clinton's appointments when 61 were stopped and 50 were prevented from coming up for a vote. Then a quote from Hatch in 1994 was shown where he came out in support of the filibuster. Hatch stumbled around throwing out confusing facts that did not help his case.

Then Hannity jumped in immediatly re-naming the "Nuclear Option" to the "Constitutional Option," Hannity, who considers himself a constitutional scholar, threw Durbin an obscure question about "super majority" and then harrassed him about answering. Durbin talked right through Hannity's harrassment.

When they returned from break, Durbin was gone and Hannity indicated that he would be there shortly.However, Durbin never showed up and Hannity and Hatch had some unobstructed time together throwing around the new term "constitutional option" and defending the Bush social security plan. Hatch tried to blame Dems for not cooperating with a Social Security plan but MCauliffe not let him get away with it.

comment: Terri MCauliffe did a great job tonight and Hannity and Hatch were definitely thrown off. I wonder what really happened to Dick Durbin. Hannity blamed his absence on technical problems with the feed but it sure looked suspicious. Durbin and MCauliffe together in the beginning of the segment made a formidable pair so maybe the loss of Durbin was accidentally on purpose.

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