I’m beginning to think John McCain is bipolar, or perhaps even schizophrenic, as he pulls his lips away from Chimpy’s sphincter long enough to speak out against the nuclear option.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), breaking from his party’s Senate leadership, said Sunday that he would oppose any move to prohibit filibusters against judicial nominations.
Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” McCain said a ban on filibusters for judicial nominations could spread to other legislative issues, fundamentally changing the Senate.
“I think that there’s a problem with a slippery slope,” he said.
In that way, he argued, the precedent could ultimately hurt the GOP by allowing Democrats to bar the filibuster the next time they hold the White House and a majority in the Senate.
“If we don’t protect the rights of the minority … if you had a liberal president and a Democrat-controlled Senate, I think that it could do great damage,” said McCain, who sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2000 and is considering another run in 2008.
Neither side appears certain if Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) has the votes to implement the change. In addition to McCain, several other moderate Republican senators, as well as some veteran GOP senators reluctant to change the institution’s traditions, have expressed concerns about the change.
McCain predicted that both parties could face a backlash if they could not avert a confrontation. “I think both parties have to understand that the price they would pay would be very high … with the American people,” he said.