Andrew McCarthy at National Review has a rather scathing view of the "compromise" over President Bush's nominees to the bench.
As noted in the title above (and the subtitle to his piece), "The Republicans have been rolled."
Let'’s say, instead, that they simply gave us the bottom line: (a) three of the president's nominees get an up-or-down vote (i.e., exactly three of the pending seven left standing after the Democrats--in that spirit of compromise--whittled down from the original ten); (b) the Democrats remain free to filibuster (but only on the strict condition that, uh, well, that the Democrats feel like filibustering); and (c) the Republicans, on the brink of breaking four years of obstruction, decide instead to punt (and on the eve of a likely battle over a Supreme Court vacancy, no less).
Now personally, that doesn't sound like being rolled to me. That sounds more like one of those good old Anglo-Saxon monosyllables that has to do with a sexual act.
Please remember, come reelection time, the RINOs that brought you this "victory":
- John McCain (AZ)
- George Voinovich and Mike DeWine (OH)
- Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins (ME)
- Lincoln Chafee (RI)