January 30, 2008


The Base is Wrong About the Gang of 14 (Richard Baehr, 1/30/08, Real Clear Politics)

When conservatives lay out their long list of apostasies committed by John McCain, one of them is always his role in the Gang of 14, the 7 Democrats and 7 Republicans in the Senate who agreed to a judicial compromise in 2005. The deal that was struck eliminated the use of the "nuclear option" by the then-GOP-controlled Senate, and also limited the Democratic minority's ability to use the filibuster to block certain judicial nominees (at the time the deal was stuck, there were no pending Supreme Court nominations, only Appellate Court nominations were being held up).

To put it plainly, the critics of the deal are flat out wrong. Conservatives should thank John McCain and the other Senators who were part of the Gang of 14 for getting three Appeals Court nominees who had been held up, Janice Rogers Brown, William Pryor, and Priscilla Owen, approved quickly and Brett Kavanaugh approved a bit later, and for Samuel Alito making it onto the Supreme Court without a filibuster blocking his way. And they should thank John McCain for preserving for the Republican Party the use of the filibuster on judicial nominations that might be made by a Democratic President beginning in 2009 or later.

,,,is an instance where John McCain was Stupid, while the rightwing talking heads betrayed stupidity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2008 6:15 AM

The talking heads are good for advocating what ought to be; but are absolutely useless at what can actually be accomplished. Some got through and that was good enough.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 30, 2008 12:47 PM

I will be watching to see how President McCain handles non-action by Harry Reid, Schumer, Durbin, and Leahy on his judicial nominations. He could erase all the problems with the GOP 'base' if he walked down the street to the Hill, stood outside the Senate, and simply asked "Why can't they vote today?", followed by "and if they don't, it's recess appointments all around". McCain surely has the stones to ignore the 10-second theater when Jim Webb bangs the gavel every day.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 30, 2008 6:04 PM