|More reaction coming in on the Senate fillibuster compromise:
People for the American Way:
Statement of People For the American Way President Ralph G. Neas on Senate Compromise Rejecting Nuclear OptionThe explicit language of the agreement reached tonight by a group of senators rejects the nuclear option, preserves the filibuster and ensures that both political parties will have a say in who is appointed to our highest courts - the unprincipled nuclear option has been averted. Nonetheless, we cannot endorse every aspect of the deal that was announced today. We are deeply concerned that it could lead to confirmation of appeals court judges who would undermine Americans’ rights and freedoms.
"This Senate agreement represents a complete bailout and betrayal by a cabal of Republicans and a great victory for united Democrats. Only three of President Bush's nominees will be given the courtesy of an up-or-down vote, and it's business as usual for all the rest. The rules that blocked conservative nominees remain in effect, and nothing of significance has changed. Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Antonin Scalia, and Chief Justice William Rehnquist would never have served on the U. S. Supreme Court if this agreement had been in place during their confirmations. The unconstitutional filibuster survives in the arsenal of Senate liberals.
"We are grateful to Majority Leader Frist for courageously fighting to defend the vital principle of basic fairness. That principle has now gone down to defeat. We share the disappointment, outrage and sense of abandonment felt by millions of conservative Americans who helped put Republicans in power last November. I am certain that these voters will remember both Democrats and Republicans who betrayed their trust."
Gary Bauer: It's a sellout...
Earthjustice: Happy one particular judge remains blocked...
The Therapist: Republicans "willingly date raped"
LaShawn Barber fields the angst...
Confirmthem.com: Load of crap!
This deal is a load of cr@!` It is not compromise, but capitulation. And I say that as somebody who did agree that a certain form of compromise was acceptable.
But this comrpomise treats a couple of nominees, Saad and Myers, as pawns. It
makes them not people, but expendable objects. And that is unconscionable.
And peep the comments. Damn, the Repub base is PISSED!
Russ Feingold via Kos:
This is not a good deal for the U.S. Senate or for the American people. Democrats should have stood together firmly against the bullying tactics of the Republican leadership abusing their power as they control both houses of Congress and the White House. Confirming unacceptable judicial nominations is simply a green light for the Bush administration to send more nominees who lack the judicial temperament or record to serve in these lifetime positions.
I value the many traditions of the Senate, including the tradition of bipartisanship to
forge consensus. I do not, however, value threatening to disregard an important Senate tradition, like occasional unlimited debate, when necessary. I respect all my colleagues very much who thought to end this playground squabble over judges, but I am disappointed in this deal.
Read, Demos not happy about the survival of Judge Pryor. Probably not too thrilled on Owens or Brown getting a pass, either.
BTW Lindsey Graham seemed to hint to Chris Matthews that not all of the seven judges who will get a vote will be voted through... clearly somebody's not holding their caucus toether very well (I see you, Bill Frist!)