Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

May 23, 2005

Filibuster Deal — Sort of

Filed under: — Different River @ 8:13 pm

AP is reporting that:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Centrists from both parties reached a compromise Monday night to avoid a showdown on President Bush’s stalled judicial nominees and the Senate’s own filibuster rules, officials from both parties said.

These officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the agreement would clear the way for yes-or-no votes on some of Bush’s nominees, but make no guarantee.

Under the agreement, Democrats would pledge not to filibuster any of Bush’s future appeals court or Supreme Court nominees except in “extraordinary circumstances.”

My guess in that “extraordinary circumstances” will turn out to mean “Bush nominates a non-liberal to the Supreme Court,” which would be “extraordinarily” bad from a partisan Democrat’s point of view. Especially if that nominee is not a white male, as was the case with the last non-liberal, who was nominated an extraordinary 14 years ago. (Gosh I am getting old!)

The compromise drew the support of six Republicans and six Democrats at a minimum, although the names were not immediately available.

So, this isn’t really much of a deal. It soulds like an attempt by the Democrats to feint a surrender — in other words, give up now but preserve the option to fight later. In the meantime, if the 12 ever agree to reveal themselves, it seems that at least Priscilla Owen will be confirmed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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