Some Compromise

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Some Compromise

The Carpetbagger notes a proposed compromise being worked out between Trent Lott and Ben Nelson in hopes of preventing the Republicans from going nuclear on the issue of judicial filibusters
The basic framework calls for an up-or-down vote on all judicial nominees, which meets the current GOP demand. In exchange, Republicans would admit their role in denying a vote to 60 Clinton administration nominees by delay tactics in the Judiciary Committee – setting up a certain time frame in which the panel must consider each nominee.
I would love nothing more than to see the Republicans to finally admit that they blocked some 60 Clinton nominees through committee inaction in the six years that they controlled the Senate but, like the Carpetbagger, I fail to see how this is any sort of "compromise."

The Republicans simply have to admit that they intentionally denied 60 Clinton nominees an up-or-down vote in order to keep them off the bench and, in return, the Democrats agree not to treat Bush's nominees the same way?

That is not a compromise. That is a surrender.

The Dems are better off just letting the GOP go nuclear and using the power grab against them than agreeing to this idiotic "compromise."

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