Memo to Senator Bill Frist, MD (R-TN)
I would like to bring to your attention, no doubt you are aware of it by now anyway, the MSM reports of a possible deal on Judicial Nominees between you and Senator Dusty Harry Reid (D-NV).
Highlights from these reports include the following:
- Two "controversial" nominees will be confirmed, but only as part of a broader compromise requiring you to drop the Constitutional Option that does away with Dusty Harry's ability to filibuster judicial nominees.
- Two nominees to the 6th Circuit would be approved, pending the nomination of a third justice that meets with the approval of Michigan's two democratic senators.
- Four nominees Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, William G. Myers III and William H. Pryor Jr. would still be blocked by Dusty Harry and Company.
Dusty Harry is playing a high stakes poker game with you, Senator Frist. In classic Las Vegas style, he's bluffing. He holds a pair of deuces, while you hold a royal flush. If you look closely at his press conferences, you can see him sweat.
Why is Dusty Harry sweating? Because he knows the courts are the last line of defense left to liberal leftists. They've lost just about everything else because their politics are so far out of the American mainstream the electorate has seen fit to strip them of any real political power. This is why Dusty Harry and Company go to the Capitol Steps, the Supreme Court Steps, and just about any other steps they can find to whine about the Separation of Powers. They whine about Basic Fairness. They whine about the Rights of the Minority. They whine because without the courts that will be all they are able to do.
Dusty Harry is scared, Senator. He's painted himself into a corner with his threat to shut down the Senate. He knows if he does that, he'll be hit with a popular backlash unlike any in recent memory. Forget the cooked up polls published by the Washington Post and USAToday. If you haven't figured out the slant of those media outlets, I can't help you.
Its time that you and the other Senate Republicans starting acting like a majority party. Your taped broadcast was a good step in that direction. Dusty Harry and Company think 44 Senators a majority makes. Your actions in the coming weeks will decided whether or not that is true.
Don't blink. Don't deal. Get the job done.
Here endeth the lesson.
Posted by t0m
You can lie in the news about the nuclear option, which your CorporaCons coined and decided to use. But, we'll shut down the Senate. Will people notice? No, because we will continue to introduce legislation that will help real people. Things like healthcare, support for soldiers and veterans, deficit reduction, real education reform. Things that show progressive values and that highlight CorporaCon values - wealth and corporate welfare.
Let the nuclear option come. Please.
Posted by Chuckles
The Senate is comprised of two senators from each state, regardless of size or economic stature. The House, on the other hand, is comprised of a fixed number of representatives, assigned in varying numbers to states based on the population of each state.
Concentrations of economic productivity tend to draw more people to live in an area. Hence, areas with high economic productivity tend to have higher populations. So that would be reflected in the House.
But, oh, that's right... The Republicans have the House of Representatives, too.
Same worn out rhetoric we heard after the election, when blue city Democrats attempted to dismiss the voices of those who don't live in cramped urban apartments.
Posted by Bonjo
As for Chuckles, if you're trying to get a rise out of me, you'd better find something other than tired, worn out, over-used, 30 year old liberal soundbytes. You've got to do better than that.
Posted by Cordeiro