Tuesday, May 24, 2005
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Republicans Don't Know How to be a Majority

Senators Avert Showdown Over Filibusters By DAVID ESPO
Under the terms, Democrats would agree to oppose any attempt to filibuster — and thus block final votes — on the confirmation of Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor. There is "no commitment to vote for or against" the filibuster against two other conservative nominees, Henry Saad and William Myers. As for future nominees, the agreement said they should "only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances," with each Democrat senator holding the discretion to decide when those conditions had been met. "In light of the spirit and continuing commitments made in this agreement," Republicans said they would oppose any attempt to make changes in the application of filibuster rules. Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada welcomed the agreement — although he hastened to say he remains opposed to some of the nominees who will now likely take seats on the appeals court. "We have sent President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the radical right of the Republican party an undeniable message....the abuse of power will not be tolerated."
Uh, Senator, if anyone is abusing power, it would be those who refuse to allow a simple vote on a judge with whom they disagree with, and those who conveniently think 60 votes are now required for a judge to take a proper seat on the Court of Appeals (only a simple majority is required). That the Republicans agreed to filibusters under "extraordinary" circumstances is kinda like burying a bomb today and hoping it won't explode tomorrow. But explode it will, thanks to Republican ineptitude. Right in the Senate's face. Wait a few weeks, a few months, for a Democrat to suddenly find a nominee to fit the "extraordinary" circumstances (i.e., the judge at issue is pro-life) and back to square 1 we shall be. All of their babble seems to ignore the bottom line: the Senate doesn't have the OPTION of voting on judges regardless of who is being nominated. Call me nuts, but if the Democratic party is so intent on choosing and confirming its own judges, perhaps it should begin by winning some elections. Spoons translates the situation thusly:
The Filibuster Deal for Dummies A burglar breaks into your house and steals $500. Outraged, you declare, "I am going to put new locks on the doors, install an alarm, and sue that burglar to get my money back!" The burglar, who happens to be your next door neighbor, asks, "Don't you think that's a little extreme?" You hesitate, "Well... uh... I don't know...." The burglar proposes: "How about this? I'll give you back $300. You promise not to change the locks or install an alarm, and don't go to the cops with this. In return, I promise that I won't break into your house and steal from you anymore unless I really, really need the money." If that sounds like a good deal to you, you may be qualified to be a Republican member of the Senate.