Tuesday, May 24, 2005

So Much for a Compromise

Think Progress reports that despite Frist words of consolation last night, he now intends to ignore the "compromise" and test the resolve of the 7 Rs.

Quoting Congress Daily PM,
Senate Majority Leader Frist will file for cloture on President Bush'’s nomination of William Myers to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later this week, according to sources on and off Capitol Hill, wasting no time in testing the resolve of 14 Republican and Democratic senators who forced at least a temporary halt to the battle over Democratic filibusters of President Bush's judicial picks.
Here is my problem with this deal. It lets through 3 very objectionable judges with no real quarantees on the future. The technical right to filibuster exists so long as the R members of the compromising group believe the Ds conduct is reasonable. There are no guarantees. And Frist has made it clear where he stands.

The fact is that of the 215 or so judges that G-dub has nominated, only 10 thus far have been denied Senate approval. A 95% approval rate. I happen to think that the 7 renominated represent "extraordinary circumstances".

On the other hand, anything that really pisses off Ayatollah Dobson and Ralph Reed, has at least some merit.

I thought it important to try and make a deal, but I wanted some guarantees, and that we don't have.

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