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Monday, May 9, 2024
Senate Compromise in the Works?
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 8:28 pm

Via Knight Ridder: Some senators seek compromise in judicial nominee deadlock

Sens. Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Ben Nelson, D-Neb., are spearheading the effort in an attempt to avert a historic confrontation over the Senate’s tradition of unfettered debate.


Nelson said Monday he has commitments from at least six Democrats not to support filibusters against future Bush judicial nominees, except in “extreme circumstances.” (That phrase remains vague pending further negotiations.)

In exchange for that concession by the six Democrats, the six dissident Republicans wouldn’t support any attempt to shut down the Democrats’ right to filibuster.

However, before any such deal can be struck, significant obstacles must be resolved, including which, if any, of the currently blocked judicial nominees would be approved.

“What you do with the pending seven judges is still subject to negotiations,” Nelson said.

Lott’s office released a statement on Monday saying, “There is no deal,” although he has been seeking one. His spokeswoman, Susan Irby, said Lott hasn’t changed his mind that “all judicial nominees should have an up or down vote on the Senate floor.”

Quite frankly, something like this is what ought to happen: the minority party should be able to filibuster, but only in rare circumstances, and they should make their case on the floor. As I noted yesterday: the current nominees have been approved by the ABA, and many have faced Senate confirmation in the past. As such, the idea that these are all radical beyond words is difficult to argue.

Still, as I have maintained, it is in the Democrats’ interest to be reasonable, rather than to obstruct en masse.

Efforts to negotiate by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., have gone nowhere and served only to harden their partisan positions, but the Lott-Nelson approach could give the Senate a way out of the impasse.

At this point it may be difficult for the Democrats to back up this far, however.

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    1. Could that lede be any more trite and insipid?

      “the Senate’s tradition of unfettered debate.” ?!?!?

      there is no debate. There is no actual filibuster!

      “historic confrontation” ?!?! Please.

      Comment by bryan — Monday, May 9, 2024 @ 8:31 pm

    2. Call me back when something happens
      Another day, another compromise over filibusters allegedly in the works. Yawn. (þ: PoliBlog)

      Trackback by Signifying Nothing — Monday, May 9, 2024 @ 8:45 pm

    3. Maybe if the Dems decide to filibuster John Bolton, the GOP can reap great rewards with a strategy of labelling Dems as obstructionists - and it won’t be limited to judges. They can make the case they are willing to obstruct anything. And then when the Dems shut the Senate down, well, the GOP would have to be dunces not to be able to capitalize politically then.

      Comment by Mark — Monday, May 9, 2024 @ 9:26 pm

    4. Mark, I’m sure you know that the Republicans aren’t known as the “stupid party” just by chance.

      Comment by Chris Lawrence — Monday, May 9, 2024 @ 10:16 pm

    5. Latest Filibuster News
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      Trackback by A Solo Dialogue — Tuesday, May 10, 2024 @ 8:20 am

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