Monday, May 09, 2005

Comity Still Alive in the Senate?

On the brink of an abyss, this Washington Post report suggests that compromise is still possible over the filibustering of judges. The motivation being less about power and more about preserving the Senate. I think that rational members on both sides of the aisle realize that the are on the verge of taking a plunge that could fundamental change the way that the Senate works if the current plans for the nuclear option are not altered.

And lets be perfectly clear -- neither side has clean hands. While filibustering judges is rare, although not unprecedented, the Republicans are changing the rules by requiring an up or down vote on all of the President's nominations when that has never been the standard. As Chuck Hagel observes in the article "What we did with Bill Clinton's nominees, about 62 of them, we just didn't give them votes in committee or we didn't bring them up."