May 24, 2005
Podhoretz, Making Sense On The Compromise
John Podhoretz echoes my feelings about the Senate compromise:
But what happened last night is very important. It breaks the Democratic logjam on circuit-court nominees. It establishes the principle that conservative judges have every right to serve on the higher benches even if Democrats can't stand it. And it means that if Republicans have to break the filibuster to ensure an up-or-down vote on a Supreme Court justice, they will have a very strong argument indeed. The argument will be that they are breaking the filibuster out of respect for the tradition that says the choices for the highest court must be advised and consented to by the full Senate.
Emphasis mine: I believe that this will turn out to be very important indeed, when emotions subside and the durable gains become clearer. Even though the real substance of this fight may be future nominations for the Supreme Court, having someone like Janice Rogers Brown confirmed has got to scare the bejeezus out of the reactionary left.
And those two issues may not be unrelated.
UPDATE: Paul Deignan at Info Theory has further thoughts on this. Very interesting--the Democrats may be in zugzwang.
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