Betrayed by a Gang of Seven
Making Sense, By Michael Reagan
Betrayal! But it's not what you think . . .
"We have sent President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the radical right of the Republican party an undeniable message . . . the abuse of power will not be tolerated."
That was Democrat Minority Leader Harry Reid chortling over his party having once again put one over on the stupid party.
Yeah, stoopid poopy pants party and their stupid adherence to Constitutional tradition. Stupid. How dare Harry Reid chortle over that! Stupid Harry Reid.
Seven so-called Republicans signed an idiot’s compromise over the matter of judicial nominations, agreeing to defy the White House and their own leadership and for all intents and purposes give the Democrats a license to continue obstructing the approval of the president’s judicial nominees.
Cue Napoleon Dynamite: *ID*iot!
And Mike- they didn't give the Democrats license to continue anything, they just didn't take anything away.
Make no mistake about it – this deal is nothing less than an abject surrender made more humiliating by its impudent demand that the President consult with the Senate BEFORE submitting his judicial nominations to the Senate.
Yeah, you have the White House, the Senate AND the House, and you still can't get what you want without changing the rules. That must be a bitch. Besides, the compromise means your side still get Prissy McLoopypants and Janice "Daughter of Sharecroppers (as if that means anything)" Brown. So . . . tell me again how this is a "surrender?"
According to the surrender document, “We encourage the Executive branch of government to consult with members of the Senate, both Democratic and Republican, prior to submitting a judicial nomination to the Senate for consideration.”
[Cheap Trick] Mommy's alright, Daddy's alright, they just seem a little weeeeeird . . . [/Cheap Trick]
In other words, in addition to shamefully legitimizing the Democrats’ unprecedented use of the filibuster to prevent nominees from being given their constitutional right to be given an up-or-down vote, the deal attempts to rewrite the Constitution by seeking to meddle with the president’s right to be the sole judge of whom he will nominate for judicial appointments.
And we would have had the nuclear option, too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids!
Does anyone else imagine Mikey getting all frothy like Wallace Shawn in "A Princess Bride" here? You know, where he thinks he's put one over on the Dread Pirate Roberts and goes off about how you should never start a land war in Asia?
If you listen to the seven deserters indulging in self-congratulation over their betrayal of the voters who made the GOP the majority party in the Senate, the deal was a victory for all Americans. But if you want to know who really won in this disgusting episode listen to Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, who boasted that her group was "heartened that the crisis has been averted and the right to filibuster preserved for upcoming Supreme Court nominations. We are confident that a Supreme Court nominee who won't even state a position on Roe v. Wade is the kind of 'extraordinary circumstance' this deal envisions."
Deserters. There's an interesting word choice.
Shame on them for portraying the (probably temporary) preservation of minority rights as a victory for democracy. Bastards. Seeing as how the so many American voters were all hot and bothered to get rid of the filibuster (all 26 percent of them) . . .
Time and again the Senate’s Democrat minority have demonstrated their willingness to employ the worst kind of skullduggery and outright lying and deception to obtain what they could not win from the voters, yet this gang of seven displayed a child’s naiveté in accepting as valid the minority’s trustworthiness and their promises to abide “upon mutual trust and confidence, related to pending and future judicial nominations in the 109th Congress.”
Just what is the best kind of skullduggery?
And considering that DeLay and Frist are behind the thrust to employ the nuclear option, I'd refrain from throwing the "outright lying and deception" stone at any glass houses.
Oh, those childlike seven, so seduced by the pied piper of minority trustworthiness, taken in by bubblegum and lollipops but only to find themselves suckered in by the spirit of mutual trust and confidence! The seamy nuances and trickery of a bipartisanship bait-and-switch!
Even more incomprehensible is the gang of seven’s reliance on the Democrats’ definition of the term “extraordinary circumstances,” not spelled out in the surrender document, which states: “Signatories will exercise their responsibilities under the Advice and Consent Clause of the United States Constitution in good faith. Nominees should only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances, and each signatory must use his or her own discretion and judgment in determining whether such circumstances exist.”
Judgement! Discretion! How dare they?! This isn't Europe!
In other words, they will rely on the duplicitous Democrats to decide what constitutes “extraordinary circumstances,” which you can be certain they will define as relating to a nominee’s stand on abortion and the legitimacy of liberal judicial activism supplanting the legislative process and the will of the voters as expressed at the polls. You might just as well post a sign on the door of the Senate chamber stating “No conservatives need apply.”
Well, Yeah . . . no liberals either. That's what is supposed to be nice about the judicial branch. Checks and Balances and all that. But anyway . . .
The liberals’ real target is the probability of Supreme Court vacancies and the administration’s demonstrated tendency to nominate conservatives. By retaining the ability to filibuster, they plan to block any nominee to the high court who does not fit comfortably into the left-wing mold. Fortunately, the gang of seven was unable to surrender the ability of Senator Frist to employ the nuclear option should the Democrats attempt to deny the president’s Supreme Court nominees their right to up-or-down votes.
I like it when Mike thinks he's on to something. Moving on . . .
Finally, the GOP’s conservative majority needs to let the gang of seven know they will pay a very high price if they continue to play the Democrats’ game.
Yes, all you conservatives need to send letters to your deceitful, childlike and naive elected officials and let them know you are none too pleased that they would take candy from strangers.