Monday, May 23, 2005

Filibuster Deal Win for Democrats

So a deal has been reached, and the Senate walks away from edge of the nuclear cliff. Essentially, the GOP gets three judges, the Dems reserve the right to filibuster, and no one got exactly what they want. So how is this a win? Repeat after me:

The Republican Right, Bill Frist, and the Religious Extreme want it all, or nothing.They didn't get it all. They are pissed. They lost.

Don't believe me? Look at what they are saying:

What a hideous deal! The Democrats have agreed to cloture on only three nominees, and they have made no commitment not to filibuster in the future, if there are "extraordinary circumstances." Of course, the Dems think any nominee who is a Republican is "extraordinary." The Dems have just wriggled off the hook on some of the nominees that, politically, some of them did not want to be seen voting against.

"Scared Monkeys puts it succinctly: Compromise reached! Republicans screwed!"

More reaction from the Right here, here, and here.

We won. We keep the filibuster. Their base is pissed. There will be hell to pay for Frist and the GOP because the most certainly didn't get it all. To the Religious Right, this might as well be nothing.