So-called compromiseCertain Senators have been able to persuade Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and Minority Leader Harry Reid to enter into a compromise on the issue of the judicial filibuster. According to the agreed-upon "new" arrangement, highly touted by Sen. John McCain (who is seen as the chief architect of the agreement) on Today this morning, Republicans will agree not to resort to the "nuclear" option to change the rules of the Senate. In return, Democrats will agree to allow the President's judicial nominees to receive an up-or-down vote. The Democrats will only resort to a filibuster of any federal judicial nominee under "exceptional circumstances."
Here's the problem: Just what comprises "exceptional circumstances?" This so-called agreement doesn't spell that out, which essentially means that the Dems could decide on a whim that the President's Supreme Court nominee is "too extreme," and that qualifies as an "exceptional circumstance" under the May 23rd Agreement. Point blank: I don't trust the Democrats not to initiate a filibuster of the President's Supreme Court nominee. The reason I voted for President Bush for a second term, in spite of all of my disagreements with him, is because of the difference I believe he would make on the Supreme Court of the United States. I don't think there is any question that the Dems can't be trusted to try and stop the President from appointing the right people to the bench.
John McCain seems more interested in kissing the asses of Senate Democrats as opposed to advancing an agenda for America. Usually when McCain behaves this way it is a signal that he will soon be running for President. Once and for all, those of us who are real Republicans need to give McCain the boot one last time in 2008. Democrats cannot be trusted, and apparently neither can John McCain.