Just a quick gaggle today aboard Air Force One as the president flew to upstate New York to lie about Social Security.
And and for those of you playing at home, the shot-words in today’s Little Scottie drinking game are “real progress”.
Q What is the reaction to the filibuster?
MR. McCLELLAN: I talked to a few of you — or a few of your colleagues last night. I do expect that the President will say something at the beginning of his remarks today, at the conversation.
Yesterday, these judicial nominees that the Senate is now moving forward on were being blocked. These are nominees that have waited for a number of years to receive an up or down vote, and now they’re going to get one. We consider that to be real progress and so we’re pleased that the Senate is moving forward on these judicial nominees.
Q That’s only three out of — let’s see, there are two more who are excluded from that, and then some others beyond that. The President didn’t seem to differentiate in his statement yesterday; he seemed to say he wanted an up and down vote on all of his nominees. He’s clearly not getting that.
MR. McCLELLAN: No, our principle hasn’t changed. But the fact that they’re moving forward on these nominees who have waited for years is positive. And that is progress [Ooops! Forgot the “real”.]. I mean, these nominees yesterday were being blocked by a minority of Senate Democrats. And now the Senate is going to move forward on their nominations. We’re confident that they will be confirmed on the floor of the Senate and we look forward to the Senate acting on those nominees soon.
Q Does he consider this to be a victory, since his standard was all his judicial nominees deserve an up or down —
MR. McCLELLAN: He considers it to be real progress, and I think any way you look at it, it is. As I said, these were nominees that have been blocked for years and now they’re going to receive an up or down vote.
Q Frist said it was bad news and good news.
MR. McCLELLAN: I think it’s a sign of real progress.
Q Are you going to use the word “victory”? I mean, that’s the term everybody is looking at. Is it a victory or is it not a victory?
MR. McCLELLAN: It’s real progress that they’re moving forward on these nominees. I mean, that’s the way I would describe it.
Q So what is it for the other two nominees? Is it not progress for the other two nominees?
MR. McCLELLAN: It’s my understanding the agreement was silent on those, but let’s remember where we were just yesterday, before this agreement.
UPDATE: Your president joins the drinking game. Like that’s a surprise.
We got a lot to do in Washington, D.C. One of the big issues, of course, is Social Security — although yesterday there was some progress made. I’m pleased that the Senate is moving forward on my judicial nominees who were previously being blocked. These nominees have been waiting years for an up or down vote on the Senate floor, and now they’ll get one. It’s about time we’re making some progress.