News & Politics

Last night's "compromise" means that 3 of Bush's extremist judges would be given a vote in exchange for not ending of the filibuster...yet. Most Dems are declaring victory while the right (particularly religious extremists) seems to be genuinely upset (AllSpinZone has a reaction roundup). Russ Feingold (D-WI) (look for him in 2008) and Josh, however, seem to appreciate the Rovian maneuvering that actually took place, as those nominees are: "jurists whose radical extremism poses a grave danger to health and safety laws, civil rights statutes, and protections for working Americans. Furthermore, Democrats agree to use the filibuster only in the most extreme cases (one shudders to think what’s in store for us if Janice Rogers Brown, William Pryor and Priscilla R. Owen were not sufficiently extremist to merit a filibuster). In return...Frist agrees to preserve the filibuster, though he reserves the right to re-ignite the nuclear option if Democrats exhibit 'bad faith and bad behavior.’ That is, if the Democrats dare ever to use the filibuster again. Gosh, what a great deal!" (Huffington)

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