Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Buyer’s Remorse

Yeah, we knew this was coming.

Democrats generally cheered, and Republicans groused, when a bipartisan group of senators crafted a compromise on judicial nominations last month. But with the Senate now confirming several conservative nominees whom Democrats had blocked for years, some liberals are questioning the wisdom of the deal and fretting about what comes next.

“Our problem with the compromise is the price that was paid,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said yesterday. She and other Congressional Black Caucus members plan to march into the Senate today to protest the impending confirmation of Janice Rogers Brown.


The Senate voted 65 to 32 yesterday to end a nearly two-year Democratic filibuster of Brown. The vote stemmed from last month’s deal in which seven Democrats agreed to drop filibusters of Brown and four other long-contested nominees, and to refrain from future judicial filibusters except in “extraordinary circumstances.” In return, seven GOP senators agreed to scuttle Majority Leader Bill Frist’s proposed rule change banning judicial filibusters.


Nan Aron, head of the liberal Alliance for Justice, said the accord reached by the 14 senators “is very mixed. Like all compromises, it had some really good and some really bad. . . . It was a bright day for the Senate and a dark day for the judiciary.” [Washington Post]

Keep your eyes on the prize, people. They’re already talking up Texas Senator John (“Lets Kill Some Judges!”) Cornyn for the Supreme Court.