Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Chicken On Judges 

Here are the 14 senators who struck a compromise last night over judicial nominations which really settles nothing and who need to retire:

The Republicans, in addition to Mr. Warner and Mr. McCain, are Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Mike DeWine (Ohio), Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), and Lincoln D. Chafee (R.I.). The Democrats are Robert C. Byrd (W.Va.), Joseph I. Lieberman (Conn.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Daniel K. Inouye (Hawaii) and Ken Salazar (Colo.).
Maybe they just didn't want to stay up all night.

David Espo of The Associated Press writes:

In classic Senate style, the agreement was followed by a rush of self-congratulatory speeches - and disagreement over what it meant.

Democrats, pointing to a slight change in wording from an earlier draft, said the deal would preclude Republicans from attempting to deny them the right to filibuster. Republicans said that was not ironclad, but valid only as long as Democrats did not go back on their word to filibuster only in extraordinary circumstances.
Can this be good?

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