The Republicans' Secret Weapon

The Senate's arcane Rule IV says that for Obama to get his Court nominee confirmed, he'll need one GOP vote

Friday, May 08, 2009

Get ready to start hearing about Rule IV. An arcane regulation among the rules of the Senate Judiciary Committee has emerged as the best, and probably only, hope for the GOP to block President Obama's Supreme Court nominee if they choose to try. How will they use their leverage? Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich explains Rule IV and why it could be even more powerful than the “nuclear option” of a filibuster.

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Nadia Zonis and Todd Zwillich

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