Nuclear warWe are but hours away from a spectacle that I never believed it would be necessary to witness in my lifetime. Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist will attempt, whether today or later in the week, to vote judicial filibusters out of existence. He has between 50 and 53 votes, which means that even in the worst-case scenario, the Vice President can break the tie.
In return for the proposed change in Senate rules, the Democrats have promised that they'll shut the Senate down by filibustering everything else the GOP wants that may come to the Senate floor. This effectively means that the Dems will shut the Senate down. Believe it or not, I don't begrudge the Democrats the right to do so. However, if the Democrats want to play hardball over judges, (we all know that the reason they don't want these judges on the bench is because they are pro-life Christians), they had better be prepared for an all-out political war. I have to give props to Bill Frist because he isn't backing down on this, despite a personal political history of wishy-washiness. The conservative members of the Senate seem united behind the notion that they aren't giving in to the Democrats, and if they don't, that means that we are in for a long, protracted fight. I would be more than willing to let the Democrats try and shut the Senate down so long as our side does not give in, because eventually this strategy will have a reciprocal effect. If the Democrats in the Senate keep this going long enough, there will come a point in the game where they will lose by default, since people have short memories politically. The public will forget just why the Dems chose to shut the Senate down, and remember only that for some strange reason, the Democrats are behaving like spoiled rotten whiney four-year-olds. In the end, Democrat's continually prove their long-term political stupidity, and all it will do is benefit the GOP.