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Monday, May 23, 2005
Angry Freeper alert
The Freepers are beside themselves over the Nuclear-free Senate deal. Much of the venom is being directed at Lindsey Graham, a card carrying conservative who apparently now is a traitor to the cause. Typical post (and I refuse to edit the spelling...):
He's John McCain's little butt buddy. South Carolinian's should send him packing to massechussets where he belongs.
Ahem. One Vanity Poster begs to disagree with the Freep-consensus that the deal is bad for the GOP:

Tonight the compromise allowed three judges for an up and down and vote. These judges Prior, Owens, Rogers Brown were the most abused by the Democrats, the left wing liberals, and their media whores. These were the most extreme of the extraordinary circumstances of the all President Bush nominees and any future filibuster will be very difficult once these three judges are approved. Moreover, and most importantly, if when there is a vacancy in the US Supreme Court, President Bush can appoint any of these three judges to the SCOTUS and no one can filibuster them. It is over we tricked the Democrats and they fell right in our trap.

Cheer up.

No, my friend, you'd better cheer up. Most of the responses to this post go something like this:
What does the kool-aid taste like?
Look for this vanity to be vanished by the mods within the half hour. More Angry Freeper Threads

Powerline ain't happy, either, though I like his rather deflated conclusion on this "very bad" (for his side) deal:

Finally, and most importantly, the president probably will be unable to get a Supreme Court Justice confirmed this session unless he appoints a moderate. And barring Republican gains in 2006, he probably will be unable to appoint a conservative Justice at all

...And Michele Malkin, well, she's not pleased. The self-loathing one's headline:
Republicans Buckle
James Dobson of Focus on the SpongeBob... er... Family, has been working overtime to try and avert a "disastrous" compromise on the fillibuster, and had been urging his followers to flood the phone lines. He's not a happy man tonight, and has already issued a statement condemning the compromise.

WaPo provides various pol reactions... proving that Sen. Harry Reid is a LOT happier about this than either Frist or George W. Bush...
"Tonight the Senate has worked its will on behalf of reason and behalf of responsibility. We have sent President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the radical arm of the Republican base an undeniable message: Abuse of power will not be tolerated, will not be tolerated by Democrats or Republicans. And your attempt, I say to the vice president and to the president, to trample the Constitution and grab absolute control is over." -- Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

"It has some good news and it has some disappointing news and it will require careful monitoring." -- Senate Majority leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

"Many of these nominees have waited for quite some time to have an up or down vote and now they are going to get one. That's progress. We will continue working to push for up-or-down votes for all the nominees." -- White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
Don't sound so thrilled, Scott... Of course, Reid threw this nugget in, which was reported in the ABC News version of the story:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, embraced the compromise and said it should deliver a message to Bush: "He should have a little more humility."
"We're not looking to pick a fight with President Bush; he shouldn't be out looking to pick a fight with us," Reid said.
posted by JReid @ 10:26 PM  
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