So while I was away …
So while I was away from the news most of the day yesterday, the deal was done, and at least 3 justices are finally going to get a vote. I’ve been reading around the blogosphere this morning, and the general tenor is that both sides aren’t entirely happy with this, but Republicans are more dismayed with it, and I think for good reason. Democrats got to make Frist look weak, didn’t give up the filibuster of judicial nominees, and if they do use the filibuster again, Republicans look like bullies.

This paragraph from the article annoys me.

The agreement, crafted over the past several weeks by seven Republicans and seven Democrats, also opened the way for yes-or-no votes on two other of President Bush’s judicial picks who have been in nomination limbo for more than two years – William H. Pryor Jr. for the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Janice Rogers Brown for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Basically, as “MachoNachos” over at RedState noted, “We’ve gone from being run by 45 senators to being run by 14.” Hugh Hewitt has come up with a few silver linings among the clouds, but he’s still not thrilled.

And neither am I. Just remember:

The agreement, which applies to Supreme Court nominees, said future judicial nominations should “only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances,” with each Democratic senator holding the discretion to decide when those conditions had been met.

When it gets right down to it, an “extraordinary circumstance” to a Democrat is “judging while Republican”.

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