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Beware the Compromise Deal: It Gets Worse

Sen. John McCain, chief architect of the nuclear option compromise, said on television this morning that the compromise is alive and kicking.

McCain said a deal would not block votes on any nominees, but would preserve for the minority party the tools to kill some nominations.

"There would be a commitment to let most of them go" to a vote, McCain said. "It's very possible that there would be a vote on all of them, it's also possible that one or more of them would not reach the Senate floor because of other difficulties that their nomination faces."

Sen. McCain echoed Colorado Senator Ken Salazar's remarks from the other day. What's holding up the compromise is not which judges to confirm of those previously rejected, but the definition of the limited "extreme circumstances" in which Dems could filibuster.

"We're having difficulty coming up with exact language which would portray that desire. It's tough," McCain told "Fox News Sunday."

So the nominations of extremists like Priscilla Owen and Janice Rogers Brown would go through, and the filibuster - in extreme circumstances which are as yet undefined - would be preserved only through the 109th Congress, until 2006. That's no compromise, that is capitulation.

Call your Senator, leave a voicemail today. Tell them to roll the dice. No retreat, no surrender.

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  • Re: Beware the Compromise Deal: It Gets Worse (none / 0) (#5)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:55:40 PM EST
    Jimbo, I said I like him personally, I admire his adoption of children, his reaching out to Vietnam...I just don't like his perpetually fence-sitting politics. He's become such an icon, it doesn't surpise me that he's unwilling to tarnish the image.

    Re: Beware the Compromise Deal: It Gets Worse (none / 0) (#1)
    by veloer on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:17 PM EST
    I would call my Senators but they are all for killing Senatorial power. Think Alabama.

    Re: Beware the Compromise Deal: It Gets Worse (none / 0) (#2)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:17 PM EST
    John McCain seems like a decent guy personally, but when is he going to do something genuinely worthy of note poltically. Aside from his visit to Vietnam (a very noble and evolved gesture), he seems to do nothing but sit on fences, never takes a stand with genuine risk attached, and when push comes to shove he just cannot stand up and speak the hard ugly truth that will make a difference. I can't for the life of me figure out WHY he's a politician, except that it might be the only thing that keeps his ego fueled. I'll say it again: there isn't a person of genuine creativity and imagination with any power in the country. Peter Finch, where are you?

    Re: Beware the Compromise Deal: It Gets Worse (none / 0) (#3)
    by DawesFred60 on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:17 PM EST
    John McCain was brainwashed and is following his programming. its not a joke.

    Re: Beware the Compromise Deal: It Gets Worse (none / 0) (#4)
    by ppjakajim on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 12:59:17 PM EST
    dadler - Well, the Right doesn't like him and the Left doesn't like him. Does that tell you anything?