Monday, May 23, 2005

Quotes about "The Deal"

Interesting to see the early returns from various senators regarding "The Deal" reached tonight in the filibuster bruhaha. Who do you think won and who do do you think lost this fight?
Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb, "We've got a deal."

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., "In a Senate that is increasingly polarized, the bipartisan center held."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., "The Senate is back in business"

Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., “It has some good news and it has some disappointing news and it will require careful monitoring.”

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., "This agreement is meant in the finest traditions of the Senate it was entered into: trust, respect and mutual desire to see the institution of the Senate function in ways that protect the rights of the minority."

Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., "I am very proud of these colleagues of mine on the Republican side and the Democratic side. We have lifted ourselves above politics. And we have signed this document in the interest of United States Senate, in the interest of freedom of speech, freedom of debate and freedom to dissent in the United States Senate."

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Tonight's agreement is "based on trust."

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY., "Armageddon has been averted, and thank God."

Senator Ken Salazar, D-Col., "It's a good deal,"

Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, "We have reached an agreement to pull the institution back from a precipice that would have had a damaging effect on the institution."

Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., "There is no need at present for the constitutional option. But with this agreement, all options remain on the table, including the constitutional option.''

Sen. Mike DeWine, R-OH, "This is a good day for the country, a good day for the Untied States Senate."

Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., "I say thank God, we have lifted ourselves above politics."

Sen. Harry Reid, D.-Nev., "Tonight the Senate has worked its will on behalf of reason and behalf of responsibility. We have sent President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the radical arm of the Republican base an undeniable message: Abuse of power will not be tolerated, will not be tolerated by Democrats or Republicans. And your attempt, I say to the vice president and to the president, to trample the Constitution and grab absolute control is over."
I say the Republican's won. The status quo was changed. The status quo prior to the agreement was that the president could not get an up or down vote on more than one in three appellate court nominations. Now, if he jetisons maybe two of his nominees, the rest will be confirmed by the senate, including at least two who have been waiting some two years or more for confirmation. I base my belief on the above listed quotations. Who is still breathing fire and spitting highly partison rhetoric, Frist or Reid, Republican or Democrat?

UPDATE: Obviously big doings in the blogoshere at Roger Simon (text of the compromise), Prof. Bainbridge, OTB, Michelle Malkin and many many others. Probably the most bitter bloggers are Power Line and Hugh Hewitt. Actually, Michelle, Jeff and Patterico are pretty bitter, too, while Pejman thinks it's OK. I hope the bitter ones predicting disaster are wrong.

UPDATE (The last one, because the blogospere is ON FIRE!!): Jeff is not bitter. Sarcastic, yes, but bitter, no. And, has Patterico found a Trojan Horse?

Remember this about nuclear options;
The taste of victory would be like ashes in our mouths.
I hope that Pejman and I are right. I hope.

I said that the last update would be the last update. Beldar has more analysis that merits study. I have carefully reviewed each of his points as well as his riposts to other bloggers who feel as I do. Well... Fuck.

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