God For Harry, The Filibuster, and St. George

Harry said today:

“We have sent President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the radical right of the Republican party an undeniable message….the abuse of power will not be tolerated.”

The deal that was reached is good for Democrats in the following ways. They might very well have lost the vote, and been stuck with James Dobson’s choice on the Supreme Court because we would have had no chance to filibuster. Given the choice of Owen and Brown or Mr. Justice Gonzales, I’ll take Owen and Brown, thanks. The nuclear option is no more, folks. It’s gone. Thank you, Harry.

This deal, and the WAY it was announced, did something important. It CASTRATED Frist. McCain and Graham and the other moderates up there made it look like they had to go and punish little Billy for writing in crayon on the Senate chamber walls. Frist was going bonkers, we all knew that. That press conference made it look like some Republicans are just starting to figure that out, too.

The catkiller doesn’t have much clout these days. Neither does his sockpuppetmaster, Dobson. Good for us.

The other nice thing about this is that the wingnutsphere is going absolutely berserk:


What in the hell do these idiots believe they have accomplished?

They will reap the same benefits as if they’d negotiated with the devil!

The republicans will burn for this. If they don’t know what to do with a majority, then a minority they will become. I’m through with these twits.

Every single Republican who signs off on this needs to be removed from the Senate. They do NOT have any obligation to give the democrats what they want at the expense of the President’s choice of nominees.


Via Crooks and Liars, an update from the department of hee:

This Senate agreement represents a complete bailout and betrayal by a cabal of Republicans and a great victory for united Democrats. Only three of President Bush’s nominees will be given the courtesy of an up-or-down vote, and it’s business as usual for all the rest. The rules that blocked conservative nominees remain in effect, and nothing of significance has changed. Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Antonin Scalia, and Chief Justice William Rehnquist would never have served on the U. S. Supreme Court if this agreement had been in place during their confirmations. The unconstitutional filibuster survives in the arsenal of Senate liberals.

— James Dobson