Tuesday, May 24


So the Senate Majority Leader (a misnomer, to be sure) was "surprised" at the deal put together and inked by the "Seven Constitutional Dwarfs" -- come on!

According to press reports, the deal caught Senate leaders by surprise: Reid reportedly described the deal as a "significant victory for our country" and said he would sleep easy for the first time in weeks.

But Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) said he was disappointed in some respects. Frist has insisted all along that all nominees who make it out of committee to the Senate floor deserve and up-or-down vote.

It would suggest that McCain calls the shots, rather than Frist, and the Republican Senator from Tennessee is just an empty suit -- a figurehead.

Either way, I have no use for the two of them. The Republican Party is clearly the minority party. They don't act like a majority party, they don't deliver like a majority party, and they have turned on their conservative base -- the "core" that gets the vote out.

The only thing I buy in the following statement is that Senator Frist was asleep at the wheel and when all was said and done could not reign in the RINO defectors and wield any leverage of his own. The notion that "conservative groups" find anything meritorious in Frist's performance vis-a-vis the filibuster rule fight is outlandish. Leaders are supposed to lead. Why "avert a showdown"; why not have one and win?

As unhappy as they are, conservative groups generally praised Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) for fighting to defend what Dobson called the "vital principle of basic fairness." The deal was brokered without Frist's assistance, and he has no choice but to go along with it.

Gary Bauer is far more in tune with the reaction of this writer to the RINOs' sell-out:

Gary Bauer, president of American Values, said the deal is a sad day for the nation: "The desire of millions of Americans to restore balance to our federal courts has been thwarted behind closed doors by 14 senators."

He noted that only three of President Bush's appointees are guaranteed an up-or-down vote "under this sellout."

"Radical social change will continue to be forced on the American people by liberal courts committed to same-sex marriage, abortion on demand and hostility to religious expression," Bauer warned.

"The Republicans who lent their names to this travesty have undercut their president as well as millions of their most loyal voters. Shame on them all," Bauer said.