Thursday, May 26, 2005

''We've got no more ground to give!''

"Goose recently asked at what price has this filibuster deal come?

Well, Bush got three more judges who shouldn't be approved, approved; and four or five more will soon follow. Sure, two other judges now, and two or three others soon, who shouldn't be approved apparently won't be approved; but that hardly qualifies as any sort of "advance" for progressive causes, let alone a "victory" for Democrats -- particularly given the circumstances under which these concessions have been exacted: The threat by the GOP to cheat on the rules -- having Cheney, as President of the Senate, rule incorrectly on a Point of Order that to change the rule on filibuster, as any rule of the Senate, would not require a two-thirds vote of the Senate -- amounts to extortion. Negotiating with a blackmailer is not only nothing to brag about but is also an invitation to endless extortion in the future."-from the Comments from Left Field blog. howieinseattle opinion: the only reason to make the deal would have been an ironclad certainty that the nuclear option would have passed. I don't think we'll ever know, now.

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