Does anybody remember when Republicans threatened to “go nuclear” to stop Democrats’ “obstruction” of…a few disputed judicial nominees?

Considering that right now the minority party is wantonly refusing to take the economic crisis seriously, and at least try to figure out what’s best for their constituents, when is the Democratic leadership gonna show a little spine of its own? They’ve extended the hand of bipartisanship more than enough, and been met with a clenched fist. Republicans simply are not interested in seeking serious solutions. They’re interested in political survival, therefore, the failure of the stimulus. When do we simply move on without them?

Kevin, as you see it, would a version of the “nuclear” option be available to Democrats here? Assuming the party is finally interested in growing a pair, how best might they push their weight around?