Friday, May 27

KRAUTHAMMER HITS THE NAIL ON THE HEAD -- FRIST & COMPANY FLINCHED

Charles Krauthammer, in his weekly Friday morning column in the "Washington Post" (registration required), wastes no time in getting right to the heart of the matter:

On Monday Republicans were within hours of passing a procedural rule that would have eliminated the Democrats' unprecedented use of the judicial filibuster. It would not only have freed from filibuster limbo seven Bush nominees to the appeals courts, but it would also have ensured future nominees, particularly to the Supreme Court, up-or-down votes.

Then the Republicans flinched. They settled for something less. Far less. How much less is still a matter of dispute, but the fact that they settled when they had within their reach the means to restore Senate practice to the status quo ante 2001 is indisputable. That in itself is a victory for the Democrats and a defeat for the Republicans.

He's right, of course. You can put all the lipstick you want on this pig, but it's still a pig. And majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), between this McCain-led travesty and yesterday's efficacious Democratic filibuster to postpone further the vote on John Bolton, has been effectively emasculated. He belongs in a boys' choir, not the U.S. Senate.

And the so-called Republican majority in the United States Senate is now a laughingstock. Of course, center-right Republicans are not laughing -- this writer among them. The guffaws are coming hard from the Democrats' side of the aisle. They're full of bluster now.