Inside Baseball: How The Nuclear Option Really Works, Step By Step

Dry as dust. If you were to ask a nuclear weapon designer how the bomb works, besides them telling you it’s classified as hell, they might tell you the physics and mathematics are fairly dull.

Building and detonating the thing isn’t as exciting as you might think, but the boom at the end is very satisfying. In the Senate, executing the “nuclear option” to overturn a century of filibuster tradition is also dry as dust. But if you want to know the step by step, here’s how it works.