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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Filibuster Deal Reached

Yesterday evening an agreement was reached by 14 moderate senators, 7 Republicans, and 7 Democrats to prevent the Nuclear/Constitutional option from being used. Led by Sen. John McCain from Arizona, the group agreed to allow votes on three of the current nominees and the Democrats would reserve the right to filibuster judges in the future under extreme circumstances. The definition of extreme circumstances is being hotly debated as we speak. The three judges that would go up for votes are Priscilla Owens, Janice Rogers Brown, and William Pryor. Others were not dwelled upon until the time came. This agreement is heavily reliant on trust and many are questioning just how strong this trust is. Sen. Bill Frist, who will undoubtedly be harmed by this agreement, was already this morning trying to poke holes at it. It is also likely that those Republican senators that were involved in the agreement will suffer politically as the right wing of the party punishes them for being more bipartisan. Unfortunate. The White House will also be stung by the agreement, although President Bush has been wise to stay away from the center and put Frist on the forefront of the issue. The WH still wants votes on all the nominees, something unlikely to happen if the agreement holds. The right wing of the Republican party is extremely angry with the agreement. They have supported the use of the nuclear option so they could place more conservative judges in the judiciary, one that they believe has been hijacked by activist judges in the last 30 years. This was their opportunity and they feel betrayed and angry toward these seven Republican Senators. Democrats on the other hand are delighted that the fight seems to be over.

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