Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Compromise Went down to the United Nations

Linda Chavez is shocked (shocked!) to discover that the Compromise over filibustering judicial nominees does not seem to apply to non-judicial nominees (or, presumably legislation). That's not even the fine print, but apparently she missed the part about it being about judicial nominations.
But the spirit of the compromise was to render the filibuster the exception, not the rule, in dealing with Bush nominees. And even if all Democrats were not bound by it, the signatories certainly had some obligation to abide by its spirit. Yet, by week's end, only three of the seven Democrats who signed onto the compromise were willing to invoke cloture on the Bolton nomination, which would have allowed the nominee to be confirmed or rejected by the full Senate.
She's complaining about Democrats violating the spirit of the compromise, when the day the compromise was reached, Bill Frist wasn't sure he would support it.

To this observer, it sounds like Linda Chavez thought the Compromise meant that Republicans in Congress should get whatever they want. Which wouldn't make it much of a compromise.

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