And of course, the lefties are freaking out.
So I want to repeat what I wrote last night. Even though the public is on our side on this filibuster issue, their support is not endless. Just how long would the Ds have to shut down the Senate in retaliation? The only thing shorter than the public's patients is its memory, and eventually, as the memory of the R overreach fades frustration that the Senate is closed for business will build. And we can expect the Rs to raise all sorts of "emergencies" that will go unresolved because of obstructionist Ds. And once the anger over the end to judicial filibusters fades into anger over Ds holding up government, the public really won't care about the judicial filibuster again and we will have lost it forever with most of Bush's second term to go.
Josh gets it right,
A deal that would let most of the seven judges go through in exchange for assurances that would allow Senate Republicans to try to go nuclear again six months from now would be a disaster.
A deal that would allow perhaps the two least egregious judges to go through in exchange for taking the nuclear option off the table for good might not be a bad deal at all.