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Saturday · May 28 2005

Somebody finally gets it right on the whole Senate nuclear-filibuster-backpatting deal
I realize I'm a few days late on this one.

Thanks to a willingness to rise “above politics” (Robert Byrd’s words yesterday), there's a new agreement under which, presumably, only the certifiably insane can possibly be blocked—or, to put it as the senators did, nominees can “only be filibustered under extraordinary circumstances.” That way, if Bush's pick for a judgeship finally goes too far even for Republicans—if he nominates, say, an Irish setter who, during confirmation hearings, runs up and bites Orrin Hatch in the leg, then Democrats will be allowed to play the bad guys and employ their filibuster. Otherwise, they'd better hold off, since, if they don't, Republicans might have to take the filibuster away for real.

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