So Does This Make Me a Traitor or a Candy-Ass?
I’m glad the Senate found a compromise, and I’m glad the Democrats can save face.
There was nothing to be gained long-term by using the nuclear option. We could’ve had our way for two years—and it would’ve been nice to watch Reid-Boxer-Byrd limited to sound bites while we actually DID things—but we reap what we sow in this life.
How stable is our current majority? Think about it. One mistake. One badly-timed, media-hyped mistake…and we faced the very real possibility of being nuked ourselves, as the precedent would have already been established.
The party line here is anger. Outrage that our Senate has been emasculated. And y’know what? Get over yourselves.
Last week the Democrats were claiming Janice Rogers Brown said that senior citizens cannibalize their grandchildren. Today they voted to give her cloture. Why’s that?
Janice Rogers Brown is African-American. And she’s female. What’s the Democratic voting base again?
They simply could not STAND to see a Black woman nominated for an Appellate Court by a Republican president, Republican House and Republican Senate.
They had to get their fingerprints on it. So they played some politics.
And now they look like heroes.
All they did was bring more pressure on themselves to get cloture on ALL the nominees.
Can’t wait to see ‘em struggle to justify “extraordinary circumstances”. And when they do try to justify it….it’ll look like they went back on their word.
Let ‘em take a little credit. And be prepared to nuke ‘em when they shoot themselves in the foot.
Because that’s what happens when you renege on a goodwill gesture.
We reap what we sow.
Posted by at May 24, 2005 07:08 AM
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|# May 24th, 2005 8:52 AM BrianH|
|Exactly, if played right this could be the political coup of the year for the Republicans. Now Bush just has to throw in a few more nominations and let the Dems start crying "Extraordinary Circumstances!" on ALL of them.
The only problem with this scenario is.... McCain. I'm sure he'll do something to screw it up in order to keep his "moderate" label.
|# May 24th, 2005 9:38 AM Laura|
|If the media were not firmly on the side of the Democrats, I might agree with you. The extraordinary circumstances justification will be made early and often without one dime leaving Democratic coffers. And the sheeple, bent double under the weight of that propaganda, including slanted polls reported as news, won't know the difference. |