Be Careful Of What You Wish for

According to the New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist may just decide to whip out the Nuclear Option as early as two weeks from now, and all I got to say is, “oh please don’t Mr. Frist, I just couldn’t stand it if you did.”

Seriously, I’m shaking in my Sketchers. Actually, I’m not.

As Bob Dole has tried to warn them, you should really be careful of what you wish for. You just might get it. The senate will, in all likelihood not remain Republican forever, and what kind of mud will the GOP sling after they’ve already killed the Filibuster?

Even better, the way things are looking right now, the Repubs may be ceding their majority sooner than you’d think.

Public opinion of the Republican lead congress is low. I mean really low. Like 37%. I wonder why that is? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that 70-80% of the populace believed that Congress had no right to step in on the Schiavo case. Or maybe Social Security is still the “third rail” in politics. Maybe it has something to do with the first step of tort reform that congress passed earlier this year.

Or maybe it has something to do with a House Majority Leader named Tom Delay.

Tom Delay has had a really tough time in the news lately. The center of ethical question after ethical question, he also was one of the biggest champions of the much disfavored special Schiavo legislation. When that didn’t work, he off and made a lightly veiled threat against the justices that went against him.

It’s important to understand that most Americans have no bearing on whether or not Delay gets to keep his job next year. While his numbers back home may be slipping, with his approval rating still hovering somewhere at the half way point, there is still a half way decent shot at him getting reelected. Equally important, however is that while not all the voting populace can vote for Delay directly, the public backlash against his recent actions and bad press can very reasonably felt in elections nationwide against the GOP. This may be why there seems to be a lot of contention within the party as to whether to support Delay, or drop him like a grand piano in a Warner Brothers cartoon.

Or, in short, the Republican majority in congress is seeing some rough times.

The other thing to think about in trying to kill the filibuster is that while the conservative Rhenquist may be stepping down, it’s not like the liberals are seeking to lose any SOTUS seats. Sure, we may not be looking to increase our standing right now, but it’s not like we should be worried about losing ground either.

So, please don’t use the nuclear option Mr. Frist. I really don’t think I could stand to hear all the whining from the GOP when there is a Democrat controlled congress, and no filibuster to protect the conservative interests.


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