I'm really getting discouraged by all the talk of compromise on the judicial nominee issue, in order to avoid the wingnuts exploding by invoking the nuclear option.
Now Reid is saying that several of the formerly blocked judges will be confirmed if repugnuts don't change the rules, and take the rest of the formerly blocked judges off the table. I'm sorry, but this idea is just plain UNACCEPTABLE.
Maneuvering in advance of a Senate floor showdown on judicial nominees intensified Monday as Senate Democrats prepared a compromise offer to Republicans that would allow votes on some judges and showcased new tactics for confronting Republicans should filibusters be barred.
Congressional officials said Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, could make a proposal as early as Tuesday to allow votes on two of three Michigan nominees for a single appeals court. It could be coupled with other guarantees to Republicans, potentially including a vote on one of four candidates drawing the deepest opposition. In return, the majority would have to forswear any rules changes that prevented filibusters.
There were reasons, and very clear reasons at that, why these extremist, reactivist judges were blocked.
One official said the compromise could also include a vote on one of the four judges whom Democrats oppose for ideological reasons: Janice Rogers Brown, William G. Myers III, Priscilla R. Owen and William H. Pryor Jr.
Hulse seems to twist his words just a bit here, so let me clarify. The dems aren't opposing these judges for ideological reasons, they are opposing these judges imposition of THEIR extremist ideology on the people.
Each and every one of these judges has shown disdain for the American people by imposing their personal views (often reinterpreting the law in the process) in their rulings. To reiterate, it is not just their ideology that is being opposed, it is the fact that they IMPOSE their ideology on the majority of people that don't agree with them.
The dems better not cave on this.