Yes, this is what everyone else is writing and talking about, and I’m jumping on the bandwagon. Seven Republicans of the Non-Wingnut persuasion have listened to their consciences and stood their ground. Common sense has prevailed and the rules won’t be changed in the bottom of the ninth inning. Will these senators have their careers derailed by Karl Rove? Will James Dobson still be their friend?
Bill “Video Doctor” Frist is no longer the fair-haired boy of the Religious Right. His mission was to invoke the Nuclear Option (eliminate the filibuster) and pave the way for multinational corporations and Focus on the Family to hand pick the next few Supreme Court justices.
The Far Right has spent the last several weeks spewing out propaganda about “people of faith” being attacked by activist judges and godless liberals; God wants a conservative on the Supreme Court, etc. This was supposed to lay the groundwork for Frist to step in and wipe out the filibuster. And he failed. He’ll never be president now. He’s probably gonna make a beeline for the nearest animal shelter and “adopt” a few more cats that he can vent his frustrations on.
Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor were all nominated for federal judgeships during Bush’s first term. All were filibustered, and Bush, being Bush, nominated them again for his second term. (What’s that expression about neurotics doing the same thing over and over…) This agreement means they will be named to Appeals Court vacancies. In return, future judicial nominees should “only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances.”
This is open to interpretation, but if Bush tries to nominate Pat Robertson or Kenneth Lay to the Supreme Court, this will qualify as “extraordinary circumstances.” Count on it.
The agreement was signed by 14 senators — seven from each party (including Joe Lieberman and John McCain). Frist was disappointed in the deal and made sure everyone knew he hadn’t been a party to it. “It has some good news, and it has some disappointing news and it will require careful monitoring,” he said.
Harry Reid’s reaction was: “Checks and balances have been protected. The integrity of the Supreme Court has been protected from the undue influence of the vocal, radical right wing.”