May 19, 2005


Parties court blacks in filibuster fight (DAVID ESPO, May 19, 2005, AP)

Republicans and Democrats injected racial politics into the struggle over President Bush's judicial nominees and the Senate's filibuster rules on Thursday, underscoring partisan differences while centrists of both parties pursued an elusive compromise.

"The attempt to do away with the filibuster is nothing short of clearing the trees for the confirmation of an unacceptable nominee to the Supreme Court," said Democratic Leader Harry Reid. He accused the president of an attempt to "rewrite the Constitution and reinvent reality" with his demand for a yes-or-no vote on all nominees.

Okay, Senator, name a single word in the Coinstitution that needs to be changed to allow nominees an up or down vote?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 19, 2005 4:52 PM

Who are the Democrats talking to? Their base would be more than happy if they just came out and said "No conservatives on the courts", and at least it's a coherent position. But where can one find an American who finds their arguments anything other than ludicrous?

Posted by: b at May 19, 2005 5:02 PM

I agree with B, but apparently when they ran their true position past focus groups, the said focus groups have told the Democrats it is better to lie their brains out. That was always Clinton's approach.

Posted by: h-man at May 19, 2005 6:59 PM

It's all in the PR/MSM slant. The people I know who don't follow politics closely are buying the argument that it is the GOP making the radical change and rewriting the constitution.

Posted by: AWW at May 19, 2005 11:15 PM