May 4, 2005


Frist begins to squeeze the trigger (Alexander Bolton, 5/04/05, The Hill)

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-Tenn.) chief of staff has told conservative activist leaders and business-community representatives that Frist will soon trigger the so-called “nuclear option” to end threatened Democratic filibusters of President Bush’s judicial nominees this month.

The chief of staff, Eric Ueland, said the event will take place in “less than a month,” according to several people who attended a closed-door meeting late last week.

But social conservatives are anticipating from conversations with Frist’s staff that the controversial move will take place next week and are predicting a conservative backlash if Senate Republicans delay any longer.

A conservative lobbyist came away from a separate conversation with Frist’s staff convinced that the disaffected Republicans will make their move in “a matter of days.”

Will Slim Pickens play Senator Frist in the movie?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 4, 2005 8:34 PM

Slim Pickens play a thoracic surgeon? Nah.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 4, 2005 8:47 PM

Exhale and pull gently; don't jerk it. So Senator Frist DOES have presidental ambitions. I hope Judge Brown is first up. Will be interesting to see how the Dems reconcile a vote of 80+ Senators with the filibuster they've pulled on her.

Posted by: Rick T. at May 4, 2005 9:50 PM

If the Dems have any brains they'll let Brown and Owens through and filibuster the first white male coming up. Otherwise as Rick notes they'll really look stupid.

Posted by: AWW at May 4, 2005 10:56 PM

Could somebody please tell these guys that the "death by a thousand cuts" method of PR is killing the wrong victim.

Posted by: Neo at May 5, 2005 12:12 AM

The use of the filibuster by the GOP was distinctly unpopular and they never applied it with a trowel as the Democrats want to. This is an electoral disaster for them, and more than anything else shows the disconnect between their contributors and the voters.

Posted by: bart at May 5, 2005 8:05 AM

Repeat after me, "On my mark turn your key." There, that wasn't so hard was it?

Posted by: Luciferous at May 5, 2005 10:47 AM