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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Compromise in the senate nonsense

The news is out regarding the compromise in the U.S. Senate over the filibuster. As a regular listener of The Hugh Hewitt Show and a regular reader of Power Line and Captain's Quarters, I have spent a lot of time listening to what sounds to me like a very compelling case for the GOP to push very, very hard to use the so called Nuclear Option. Of course, if the Republicans never had the votes, it wouldn't matter how hard they pushed and they still would not succeed in achieving it. But I think they should have tried. Politics is tough stuff sometimes and those who don't have the stomach to wield power that is placed in their hands probably don't deserve to have it in the first place.

My local GOP precinct Chair is a longtime Republican who has long opposed the nuclear option for the very reason that Senator Robert Byrd has warned; "The worm turns." Heeding this advice is seen as the more moderate, sensible solution, as one day the Republican Party will find itself in the minority again and the right to filibuster would not be available when they may want to block Democrat nominees. I think it's a bunch of hooey because I have no doubt the Dems would ruthlessly nuke the Republican Party just as soon as somebody told them where the shiny red button is. That is evidenced by their habits of using hateful invective and disingenuous arguments as a matter of routine. And it's those routines that have gotten them shut out of office by the American electorate. The Judiciary is the last holdout for liberal power. You betcha, they'd nuke the Republicans.

So, we have a blurred mix of this and that, softer outcomes, compromise, bi-partisanship, as well as the resumption of Senate business before us.

What's a grassroots activist to do? Well, he can bitch about it on his blog for one thing. Or he can refuse to donate any more financial contributions to the Republican Party. Or he can assume that a good-faith measure taken by good-faith Republican leadership did not serve to escalate bitter partisanship, further hampering the bitter environment in Washington, D.C.

As I said, I favored using the nuclear option. I think the day will come when it will be obvious that it has to be used to allow the president's nominees to get a vote. But if we look at the problem in a cost/benefit light, what is being fought for? The successful placing of judges on the bench does not guarantee that those judges will decide in any given preference. After all, it was a largely Democrat promoted bench that decided in favor of George W. Bush's winning the 2000 election. What is more important is getting judges placed on the bench who will return to a faithful reading of the United States Constitution and stop trying to legislate.


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