May 24, 2005

Reneging on the 'nuclear option' deal. Already.

One part of the agreement was that two of Dubya's judicial nominees — William G. Myers and Henry Saad — would either be withdrawn or filibustered. Well, Senate majority leader Bill Frist has apparently already gone back on the deal, according to Congress Daily PM (as quoted by Think Progress).

Senate Majority Leader Frist will file for cloture on President Bush's nomination of William Myers to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later this week, according to sources on and off Capitol Hill, wasting no time in testing the resolve of 14 Republican and Democratic senators who forced at least a temporary halt to the battle over Democratic filibusters of President Bush's judicial picks.

We bet the rest of the agreement — especially the part about Dubya consulting with the Senate before he makes judicial nominations — is just as durable.

Via The Sideshow.

Posted by Magpie at May 24, 2005 04:14 PM | US Politics | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |

First is declaring open war on his own party? Wow. Can he be playing this ANY worse?

Posted by: torridjoe at May 24, 2005 06:42 PM

Frist was never in on the deal in the first place, so I'm not sure how one can reasonably say he 'reneged'.

Now if we have a filibuster, the republicans try the 51-vote rule change and any of the 7 designated moderates vote for it, then you can start using the R-word.

Posted by: wrog at May 24, 2005 08:41 PM