Monday, May 23, 2005
* Filibuster Compromise: Early Verdict
I'll probably have more thoughts on this tomorrow, but I'd like to record my early feelings for posterity.
- Most likely a minor victory for the Democrats. Given their recent string of losses, anything other than Republicans getting 100% of what they want looks relatively good.
- At a minimum, Democrats should try to spin this as a real victory. With Frist looking sheepish, I think the press is more likely to settle on this story as a score by the Democrats than a Republican triumph.
- Personally, I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to the Senate basically shutting down. As a progressive, I believe that almost all legislation these days is bad for humanity. It would have been worth a couple of crapola judges to have the Senate slow to a near halt. I also think that the Republicans would have taken more heat for a slowdown than the Democrats.
- One major caveat. It is still possible that Owen or Brown can get rejected by a majority of the senators when they come up for an actual vote. If either one gets rejected, this is a major slap in Bush's face, and I would take everything back and say that the Democrats definitely scored a major victory today. Not likely though.
- Home run for McCain 2008.