April 28, 2005
— Ace And I'm not complaining about it.
In exchange for giving up filibustering judicial nominees, the Republicans would offer...
a) Guaranteed up-or-down votes on nominations for Circuit Courts of Appeals and Supreme Court nominees.
b) Guaranteed debate time of up to 100 hours for those nominees.
c) Guaranteed reporting of nominees from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the Senate floor.
d) Guaranteed protection of the legislative filibuster.
NRO speculates that the Democrats will only consider this, errrm, compromise if the GOP agrees to withdraw some/most of its current nominees (i.e., allow the previous filibusters to succeed, forever), but Frist claims he will not budge on them.
It seems to me that with a couple of exceptions -- Janice Brown first among them -- that might not actually be a bad trade. Yes, the previous nominees are qualified and should be allowed to serve, but... if we really could end filibusters on all future nominees, that might not be a half-bad deal at all.
Posted by: Jason at April 28, 2005 10:08 AM (Y2Bw/)
But, Republicans can always say "you went back on your word" and see if they have the guts to go the rule change route. Obviously the Dem play would be "yeah yeah, but you're changing all those rules to get your way and this pervert is SO extreme that we just couldn't in good conscience blah blah blah".
Is anyone paying attention to Betsy?
Posted by: Dave in Texas at April 28, 2005 10:29 AM (pzen5)
Posted by: Betsy at April 28, 2005 10:42 AM (ANB5r)
what after all of this have the Democrats really gaied, if after even the rules being changed back to their advatage, they still are unable to pin anything on their great satan, Tom Delay?
Posted by: Bithead at April 28, 2005 11:07 AM (GwBx0)
Posted by: Pat H at April 28, 2005 11:25 AM (KtNxB)
He has the votes and has had them all along. He doesn't have to offer Reid anything. None of the judicial nominees are extreme, and none should be withdrawn.
Posted by: lyle at April 28, 2005 11:49 AM (5fsST)
Yes... that's the way it seems to me, which is why I said "no comment."
I don't want to admit this isn't a compromise at all.
My official position is that we're bending over backwards to meet these people half-way.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Posted by: ace at April 28, 2005 11:52 AM (Q6+G6)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at April 28, 2005 05:24 PM (1mYq3)
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