Reconciliation, also called the “nuclear option” where only 51 votes are needed instead of 60 votes.
Democrats are quick to point out it has been used in the past by Republicans. However, when it was used the past it was only used for minor items such as to approve judgeships but never for significant multi-billion dollar legislation such as ObamaCare.
Sen. Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday that reconciliation "cannot be used to pass comprehensive health care reform."
Conrad, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, added that it "won't work because it was never designed for that kind of significant legislation."
They may try to use it anyway even though it would be political suicide for scores of Democrat politicians.
If the 51-vote option is used, buying votes such as the “Louisiana Purchase” to buy Senator Mary Landreau’s vote and the “Cornhusker bribe” for Nelsons vote will not be necessary.
If the 51-vote option is not used, it may take a lot more bribes this time around.