Democrats Threaten To Throw A Tantrum Over Judges
“Democrats bluntly served notice Tuesday that they intend to slow or stop most Senate business if Republicans unilaterally change the rules to assure confirmation of President Bush’s controversial court appointments.
Any such change would mark “an unprecedented abuse of power,” Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrote Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. “The Senate should not become like the House of Representatives, where the majority manipulates the rules to accommodate its momentary needs.”
Reid, the Democratic leader, exempted military and national security legislation from the threat, and said Democrats would not block passage of measures needed to assure continuation of critical government services.
“Beyond that very limited scope, however, we will be reluctant to enter into any consent agreement that facilitates Senate activities, even on routine matters,” Reid said.”
The reality here is that Republicans control the Presidency and the Senate by a significant margin (55-44-1). Furthermore, the Democrats have slapped away every attempt at compromise and have broken Senate precedent and for the first time in history have been unconstitutionally filibustering judges who could pass on the Senate floor. Conservative judges like Janice Rogers Brown and Miguel Estrada are being blocked by Democrats precisely because they’re conservative minorities who’d be well qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.
Moreover, if the GOP allows this to continue, we could even see a situation where Bush is forced to name a non-conservative judge to replace William Rehnquist if he steps down. Imagine the Supreme Court becoming MORE LIBERAL even though we have a Republican President and 55 GOP Senators.
Obviously, the time has come to pull the trigger on the nuclear option. Then, Bush will get to appoint more judges who believe in sticking to the Constitution instead of legislating from the bench.
Furthermore, may I add that I look forward to beating the Democrats like a rented mule with their own intransigence. In fact, I could see the Democrats’ hissy fit being turned into THE ISSUE of the 2006 election for Republicans. How many Americans are going to want to be represented by Democratic crybabies in Congress who’re pledging to throw a tantrum and shut down the Senate if they don’t get their way? I hope to find out in 2006…