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May 24, 2005

The Deal

Well, most of the Dems are spinning The Filibuster Deal as a win, and most of the Republican far-right are spinning it as a loss -- both, presumably, to fire up their bases.  But I have to say, I think I'm with Kayne who says:

This is a great deal for the Republican party, who now get to ramrod extremist judges through Congress under the euphamism of a "simple up or down vote." It gets even better, because they still may use the nuclear option when the Supreme Court seats open up. Both of these are facilitated due to the Republican majority in the Senate.

The good news, such as it is, is that the minority party (the Democrats) still retains the illusion of being able to block judicial nominations. Having the ability to do something and actually doing it are two vastly different things and produce different results.

It's hard to see how this is anything other than a short-term win for Democrats.  Genghis Khan would look pretty moderate next to Priscilla Owen and Janice Brown.  Unless it really damages Bill Frist's credibilty with his fascist overlords, and I think the "outrage" of the far right is just crocodile tears.  Remember, one of the "big lies" of the far right is to continually claim how "oppressed' they are even as they ram their theology down our throats. 


Posted by Jon Stahl on May 24, 2005 at 10:14 PM in Strategery | Permalink


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I agree...if it is a WIN, why am I still angry? Seems like I am angry entirely TOO MUCH of the time these last few years...I am going to assume that some of the moderate Dems (Reid, Pelosi, Boxer etc) know more about it than I do, but I still think it SUCKS.

Posted by: Joe | May 25, 2005 6:17:58 PM

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