Tom McMahon, DNC executive director, sent out yet another email full of nuclear option agitprop today:
Reports say that this week the fringe Republican leadership plans to make its final move in the battle over judicial nominees -- they will change the rules to crush dissent in the Senate and throw out the principle of a fair and independent judiciary.
Repeat after me: it will not "crush dissent" and it will not "throw out the principle of a fair and independent judiciary." Senators will have the right to dissent all they want; they just won't have the right to use the 60-vote cloture requirement to block judicial nominees. Those aren't the same thing. Nor does it follow that approving judicial nominees with a majority vote means that the judiciary isn't independent anymore.
(See my nuclear option archives for more hysterical spin on this issue.)