Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory
Well there was a standoff and the Republicans blinked. As Pat Buchanan said on Imus today, over the past few decades twelve Supreme Court justices have been nominated, ten by Republican presidents. And four of the ten were duds. Souter, Blackman, John Paul Stevens & one other, whose name thankfully escapes. And three are swing voters. Only three conservatives. It's no wonder the judiciary has become a law-making entity.
It's hard to support the abuse of the filibuster for the purpose of further abusing the judiciary. The Democrats used the filibuster like Mayberry's Otis Campbell hit the bottle. It's the oldest story in the book: abuse a privilege, lose a privilege. Besides, the filibuster ain't what it used to be in Mr. Smith's day. Now you can phone it in.
McCain, God love him, I've always wanted to vote for him. I admire the heck out of him. But I can't. He's out for me in '08. (I'm sure he's quaking.) And et tu Sen. Mike Dewine? What are you standing up there with Olympia Snow & Sen. Collins & Sen. Warner? Birds of a feather? Have you gone Washington on us?