The other day, Senator Bill Frist rejected the Democrats’ proposal and compromise over the judicial nominee battle. The nuclear option still lingers, children. Republicans threaten to exercise (and abuse) their new found power of majority by changing the rules, while Democrats threaten in return to shut-down Congress. Well if all that happens, did Congress really get any work done to begin with? Besides quickly flying back from Easter Break to vote on the Terri Schiavo Bill and push the
Hypocrisy Culture of Life bullshit agenda? Even though the Democrats already “okay-ed” little over 200 of Dubya’s judicial nominees the Republicans still cite a mass conspiracy created by the Democrats. And more hysterically, a conspiracy against “people of faith.” I don’t see how blocking ten out of two-hundred-something nominees is a “war on faith” but oh well. Anyway, count on more volatile discord between the two parties in our nation’s capitol according to this New York Times article.
WASHINGTON, April 26 – Karl Rove, the president’s top political adviser, and Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, each rejected a Democratic proposal to break the stalemate over judicial confirmations, saying they want to disarm the minority’s ability to block not only the current batch of nominees but also future ones.
“The principle is getting fair, up-or-down votes on judicial nominees,” Dr. Frist, a Tennessee Republican, said in a meeting with reporters on Tuesday, responding to a Democratic offer to confirm a few of the previously blocked judges if Republicans withdrew the others. “The principle is with respect to future appeals court nominees as well,” he said. “All nominees who are waiting, as well as for the future.”
In an interview published Tuesday in USA Today, Mr. Rove also rejected the Democrats’ compromise. “We believe that every judicial nominee deserves an up-or-down vote,” he said. “The process is not well-served by these political games.”
The Republicans’ comments bring the Senate closer than ever to the brink of a confrontation over the rules of judicial confirmations that both sides acknowledge is likely to determine who will fill any Supreme Court vacancies. Dr. Frist has threatened to invoke what has become known as the nuclear option: changing the Senate rules to outlaw the filibuster, a tactic employed when a minority of 41 senators agrees to block a nominee. Democrats have countered that they will obstruct the rest of the Republican agenda if Dr. Frist follows through.
At a meeting of the Democratic caucus, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the minority leader, said he had told Dr. Frist that if the Republicans ruled out the nuclear option, Democrats would allow confirmation of four judges – the three who are least controversial, as well as one of the four most-contested – out of seven previously blocked nominees, Democratic officials said. Mr. Reid’s proposal also included restoring a previous prerogative of senators to block the nominations of judges from their states as well as creating a bipartisan commission to look at procedural reform, the officials said.
Both sides are competing to present themselves as eager to compromise in an effort to dodge the blame in the event of a blowup, and Dr. Frist said he, too, planned to propose a compromise, which he did not specify.
But on Tuesday Mr. Reid claimed the upper hand in that aspect of their contest. “To ensure that the Senate remains a check on the president’s power, especially for the Supreme Court, we are willing to compromise even on this,” Mr. Reid said on the Senate floor, not citing specifics.
Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, a Democrat who is working on a compromise of his own, rejected Dr. Frist’s terms outright. “I don’t think anybody is going to give up his or her right to filibuster nominees unless it is taken away,” Mr. Nelson said….[...]
Vicious political spats are fun!…>rolls eyes<