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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The Night the Lights Went Out in Limburg

I'm still speechless. I've been all over the web, through the blogsphere and down both ends of the dial, and after all that I still don't know what to say. Everyone has their opinion about last night's "compromise" between 7 Democrats and 7 Demo.... I mean Republicans. The right is mostly furious, while the left has settled into a sort cautious acceptance. I tend to vacillate between the two.

On one hand I'm still pissed. I can't help but feel betrayed by these senators. To throw two of the nominees under the bus like that shows how badly these people covet the "moderate" title, especially if it means they get to stand next to John McCain. On the other hand, I can't believe Frist had the votes to drop the bomb, and letting the Dems kill it with a full vote would have been much worse than this deal. Furthermore, at least some of the Republican senators seem to think they can still back out of this thing if the Dems are acting irresponsibly during future confirmations (does the sun rise in the east?). By then these three judges will already be confirmed, so even if we're back to the status quo at that point, we'll still have 3 small victories.

Now that I'm over last night's freak out, I'm comfortable with "wait and see"; I don't know what else to do...


Blogger Unknown said...

It is indeed amazing that 14 people have the power to shift the course of the Senate in such quick order.

What's that slogan, (paraphrasing) never underestimate the the change that can be made by a small group of likeminded individuals.

Good or bad is not really appropot - it's all just a procrastination measure as the whole situation will heat back up...it's just a matter of time.

5/24/2005 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

This morning I heard the Republican Party called the Compromise and Surrender Party. I see this as one more reason to say the Rep. and Dems are the same party.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

5/24/2005 05:26:00 PM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Amazing windspike. An issue that has finally brought us together.

5/24/2005 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

Brash limburg, this is a victory for everyone. In a few years when Dems are back in power, Republicans will be glad they didn't eliminate the judicial filibuster. There will be Dems who will wish it otherwise but we are ALL better off because of this, I promise you. Cheers!

5/24/2005 09:38:00 PM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

Yeah, really, what is there to be pissed about? Compromises happens all the time. Isn't it good to see our country's leaders working together? Silver lining, anyone?

Damn, have you actually looked at the stats (no, I don't have time to find a link)? I believe BushCo has gotten more approved judicial appointees than Clinton got (please, I am not looking to start an argument about Clinton, just an example for comparison purposes, so let it go). So 2 nominees are lost, does this really affect the big picture? Has the "conservate movement" fallen on its face because of this? If that is the case, then it must be pretty damn weak to start with.

It is an example of how f'in assinine the Partys have become. Bragging about a huge victory, are you kidding me? Whining about a huge loss, get real! People need to grow up.

BTW, Brash, I am a left leaning independent, who consistently votes Republican on local elections, because, guess what, they do a good job, NOT because of their party affiliation!

5/25/2005 07:00:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

OKDem and Ned,
I hate to kill the spirit of compromise, but I don't agree with you on this one. For me this debate was about getting rid of the judicial filibuster, not just about individual judges. Everything I've read has convinced me that it's unconstitutional and should be done away with.

The problem with this compromise is that it doesn't eliminate, or guarantee the filibuster, just temporarily puts it off. I think we may have had the votes this time, next time who knows. Either way this is going to get uglier and more partisan before it's resolved. All these senators did was cover their own asses.

5/25/2005 08:21:00 AM  

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