On the issue of filibustering President Bush’s judicial nominations, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have reached a compromise. Usually when that happens, you and I are on the short end of that deal. As PJ O’Rourke once said, “‘Bipartisan’ simply means that there’s a larger than usual deception going on.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Democrats said they would allow final confirmation votes for Owen, Brown and Pryor, three nominees all assailed by Democrats for what they say has been their conservative activism. There is “no commitment to vote for or against” the filibuster against two other conservatives named to the appeals court, Henry Saad and William Myers.
You know… Democrats should change their mascot from a donkey to a mouse, because the elephants are behaving, as usual, just like large but skiddish pachyderms with a rodent in the cage. Though size is on their side, guts usually aren’t. Many congressional Republicans don’t deserve the majority, but the alternative is what keeps them there.
How did Republicans cave, since they got the “up or down” vote they wanted? Because the “agreement” is based on a bogus Democrat threat, and now the Dems look like the nice guys for allowing the vote, which is what they had to do anyway.
In some cases, they’ve managed to stall for a couple of years, all while Republicans, who’ve had the means and numbers to move it forward anyway, have been curled up in the corner for fear of being called “minority busters” or some such label they so fear. Something Republicans need to remember, but never do, is: You’ll be called mean things if you win. You’ll be called mean things if you lose. So the lesson is, win.
There are other opinions, though. Some fellow bloggers from the other side of the aisle are angry with Democrats for caving, whereas I personally think they won this round.
By the way, yesterdays “most weasels in one photo” winner is here.