Tuesday, May 24, 2005

No nukes (for now)

And Bill Frist is toast.

GOP moderates in the Senate -- an admittedly endangered species -- yesterday emasculated their majority leader and refused to go along with the "nuclear option", which would have revised centuries-old rules of order to prevent "tyranny of the majority".

God, speaking through Dr. James Dobson, is allegedly unhappy:

"This Senate agreement represents a complete bailout and betrayal by a cabal of Republicans and a great victory for united Democrats..."


More of that can be found here.

Frist looked stricken to say the least. He stressed that he was not a party to the agreement and that he hoped it would end a "miserable chapter in the history of the Senate," but he also stated what he keeps calling the "constitutional option" was still on the table. He also said he "will monitor this agreement closely."

Harry Reid, in contrast, seemed pleased. He said he was willing to work with Bush on his agenda, "but he should have a little more humility."

For the record, the nominations of Janice Rogers Brown, William Pryor and Priscilla Owen will proceed to a floor vote. The rest get no guarantees. The fact that the Republicans needed only 50 votes (with Dick Cheney breaking the tie) in a caucus of 55 means they had six Senators --or more -- who passed on pushing the "nuk-ya-ler" button.

Frist's presidential aspirations (that's the only reason he was doing this, for 2006 and the evangelical bloc) exploded on the launchpad. And John McCain's got stronger. But that's kaffe klatsch for another day.

What the GOP really failed to get was carte blanche on the next Supreme Court nominee.

That wonderful smell isn't just your morning coffee; it's victory.

Savor it, and stay girded for the next battle.

9 comments:

Jim Thompson said...

What the GOP really failed to get was carte blanche on the next Supreme Court nominee.

Insightful observation - although today's agreement doesn't mean the GOP won't try again to go nukular if they should get a vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Perry Dorrell, aka PDiddie said...

True dat, Jim.

Neither can a compromise confirming 3/7 of Priscilla Owens to the Supreme Court occur, either. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I would disagree about John McCain. Stick a fork in his Prez aspirations, at least as a Republican.

Fred said...

the sour grapes on McCain will pass. I enjoyed hearing the rightie talking heads eat their own this morning. It was a beautiful morning. Ingrahm and Snow were tearing their party apart this mornining on Sirius. The Dems need a better linup on the morning drive. Jerry Springer just doen't cut for me...not entertaining at all!

Perry Dorrell, aka PDiddie said...

at least as a Republican.

McCain was in a no-lose situation. His leadership on this issue devastated a rival (Frist) and at the same time makes it conceivable for him to run outside the GOP (meaning the Talibaptists who control it), if it comes to that.

And if it comes to that, you'll see the Republican Party as we know it today quickly come to an end.

It will cleave in two.

Traditional conservatives willl run away from the GOP evangelicals quicker than shit through a goose if they are given a choice between McCain and a Religious Right-anointed candidate.

Traveller said...

I think we're seeing the Republican party split widen quite dramatically. However, go to Sirotablog for a view of what the compromise does to the Dems -- David Sirota and Robert Kuttner both think what happened yesterday is part of the process of dragging the "center" inexorably towards the Right. That's what I've been seeing since, well, Reagan.

edgarblythe said...

The Democrats have long been turning right, and Clinton accelerated the process. Under Bush the move continues with no breaking in sight.

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