Monday, May 23, 2005


Senators Avert Showdown Over Filibusters

WASHINGTON - Averting a showdown, centrists from both parties reached agreement Monday night on a compromise that clears the way for confirmation votes on many of
President Bush's stalled judicial nominees, leaves others in limbo and preserves venerable Senate filibuster rules

The venerable Senate Filibuster Rules that only seem to be important when the GOP is running the world.
"In a Senate that is increasingly polarized, the bipartisan center held," said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.

I'm sorry is there an upside to this?
"The Senate is back in business," echoed Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of 14 senators who signed the two-page memorandum of agreement, which cited "mutual trust and confidence."

Being back in business would be precisely what we were worried about in the first place. At least when Byrd is waxing poetic for hours on end about his years in the Klan, we were assured that nothing else noxious would be passed.
Under the terms, Democrats would agree to oppose any attempt to filibuster — and thus block final votes — on the confirmation of Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown and William Pryor. There is "no commitment to vote for or against" the filibuster against two other conservative nominees, Henry Saad and William Myers.

Oh, goodie. So the fix is in, and they don't even bother to make it privately anymore.
As for future nominees, the agreement said they should "only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances," with each Democrat senator holding the discretion to decide when those conditions had been met.

Many of my sex offender clients also try to define their own realities, too. It never works for them, either.
"In light of the spirit and continuing commitments made in this agreement," Republicans said they would oppose any attempt to make changes in the application of filibuster rules.

I can only imagine that the spectre of President Hillary had a great deal to do with this. "Who wouldn't think Ward Churchill would make a fine Supreme Court Justice? Racist Neo-cons bought and paid for by big tobacco and the World Zionist Conspiracy, that's who."
Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada welcomed the agreement — although he hastened to say he remains opposed to some of the nominees who will now likely take seats on the appeals court.

So you've represented your constituents how by agreeing to do this? Or are you just shoring up your 'party hack base'?
"We have sent President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the radical right of the Republican party an undeniable message....the abuse of power will not be tolerated."

Until the Dems in charge, if our Sun hasn't gone nova from old age by then.
"A movie about the danger in allowing one power to consolidate power over a government"?? That's the message?? What's the message to Casablanca, then? Try to ensure a stable representative government in your colonial holdings?


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