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Sunday, May 29, 2005

More thoughts regarding the senate deal

The dust is settling and there seems to be a newfound confidence among conservatives and even among the deal makers that the Democrats have revealed themselves for what they are much quicker than anyone had anticipated they would.

So was the compromise a good deal for Republicans?

The simple answer would be no. But politics are not always simple. In politics it is necessary to exhibit to the public that your party is trying to play fair and above board. In that sense, I think the compromise looks rather Rovian.
I had lunch with a long-time Republican the other day and we discussed the deal. My friend thought it was good because those Republicans who wanted to use the nuclear option were seen by the public to be hard right wing idealogues. That wasn't my take. I should note that my friend doesn't visit the blogosphere and when we discussed talk radio, the first personality who popped out of his mouth was Michael Savage (Not that he listens to Savage. I got the impression he thinks all of talk radio is overtaken with right wing hate mongers). So clearly, he & I are getting our information from different sources. And that's significant, because most American conservatives are like him. Only some 25% of the public gets their information primarily from the blogosphere, as I do.

So let's revisit the chess game. What if the Republicans had stayed firm and executed the nuclear option? There would be a msm uproar that the Republicans had executed a power grab and were attempting to over reach their proper powers. The Republicans would be on the defensive and each judicial nominee they ratified would be met with derision.

Instead, we have an entirely different game. It is a game whereby the Democrats are further displayed for what they are; a minority party that is utilizing dirty tricks and false arguments to obstruct the business of the U.S. Senate and deny the president his constitutional prerogative.


  • At 6:59 AM, Blogger R-Five said…

    The strategy to avoid the showdown was one of weakness, and did damage the cause by acknowledging that the fillibuster was initially legitimate for confirmations, just unused. It damaged both parties by dealing with the pending nominations numerically - you each win this many. What happened to the unacceptably extremist charge of the Left? And the everyone should get a vote charge on the Right?

    But the silver lining for those of us who prefer Constitutional law is that the Democrats likely will overplay it. Perhaps they already have with Boulton.

    Frist may yet get his chance to end this ridiculous practice.

  • At 12:26 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    You & I are essentially in agreement on this issue, R-Five.
    Captain Ed and other bloggers have covered this issue far better than I could have hoped to.
    I'm glad you used the cliche' "silver lining", because that's what I'm trying to identify. Still, if all of this plays out to Republican favor, we may see hard left conspiracy theorists claiming that Rove orchestrated the whole thing.


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