Monday, May 23, 2005

The Consequences of a Compromise

If the Senate Republicans reach a compromise on judges tonight or tomorrow morning, they will have sent a message to Democrats that unprincipled obstruction works, and that certain nominees are not entitled to proper respect.

The Senate is going to pull an all-nighter tonight. By morning, if a cloture vote is not successful, Bill Frist (R-TN) will call a vote to declare the filibuster to be a dilatory tactic, thereby reducing the amount required to confirm a judge to a simple majority.

The Democrats are, as usual, furious, not because they find these judges to be the goose-stepping extremists that they claim, (they don't) but rather because they are desperate--desperate--to hold on to power in a climate where voters are increasingly seeing Democrats as being out of touch and lacking sufficient seriousness on major issues such as national security, America's role in the world, and yes, the integrity of our legal system endangered by activist courts.

This party has, for the past twenty years, been about being in power. Their loss of it ten years ago was devastating. Their loss of the White House in 2000 was more than their collective psyches could bear, as that was the first time in fifty years that they had no hand on either house of Congress or the White House.

Their remaining hope is that the courts will legislate what the Congress will not, and approve what the President would veto.

And judicial appointees will get the message that Republicans in the Senate don't have the guts to stand up to noisy leftists, and that they will be left to twist in the wind, despite presidential support, in order to reach some "compromise" that helps the leadership sleep at night.

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